About this website

British Transport Police is the national police force for the railways, we police the tracks and provide a service to rail operators, their staff and passengers across the country. We also police the London Underground system, Docklands Light Railway, the Midland Metro tram system, Croydon Tramlink, the Glasgow Subway and Eurostar.

Every day, we police the journeys of over six million passengers and 400,000 tonnes of freight over 10,000 miles of track.

British Transport Police are overseen by the British Transport Police Authority; an independent body responsible for ensuring an efficient and effective British Transport Police in England, Scotland and Wales.


In order to provide the most accurate and meaningful representation possible, crime data on this site is broken down according to whether it occurred at a station or on a train. Where the exact location of on–train crime is not known (e.g. theft of luggage that was discovered at the end of a journey), the location is recorded as the station at the end of the journey. End of line locations may therefore show disproportionately high levels of on–train crime and it is important to view on–train data in this context. Crime data displayed on the system is based on the date on which the offence was committed.

Crimes per hundred thousand passengers are provided for every station to put crime data in context and to enable comparison between different stations. Average passenger numbers are also provided for clarity. Station crime data includes crimes committed at all railway property, including car parks, station shops, station concourses and platforms. Crimes committed on the line between stations are not included as they cannot be assigned to individual stations and do not necessarily reflect crime levels at those stations.

The crime data used on this site is available for third party use listing the raw crime numbers covering the previous 24 months from the month of publishing. We publish our data via www.data.gov.uk in CSV format to enable as wide an audience as possible to have access and use the data.

Crime categories

The crime categories represented on BTP’s crime maps are the same categories used by Home Office forces, with the exception of anti–social behaviour, where non–notifiable public disorder offences are included in addition to the notifiable offences displayed by Home Office forces.

Below is an overview of the offences that make up the Crime Categories, for detailed information on the Crime Categories please click here.

Total crime

Includes all other categories of serious offences, as well as burglary, robbery, vehicle crime and violent crime.

Anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour is any behaviour that is likely to cause alarm, harassment or distress to members of the public. This covers a wide range of offences, but in the railway environment usually encompasses offences such as drunkenness, littering and begging.


Theft or attempted theft from a building where access is not authorised. Damage to buildings that appears to have been caused by a person attempting to enter to commit a burglary is also counted in this category as a burglary.


Robbery is the theft of property from a person with the use of or threat of force.

Vehicle crime

Includes theft of and from vehicles at stations.

Violence crime

Violent crime includes a range of offences including harassment, common assault, actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm and murder.