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Mike Launches Southerns Eyewitness Initiative


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Mike has launched Southern Railways crime reporting system, Eyewitness, at Hove Railway station.

Mike joined Southern staff and representatives from the West Sussex Rail User Group to launch Southerns award winning low-level crime reporting system to passengers who use Southern services between Hove and Warblington. Eyewitness is a scheme which allows the reporting of low-level crime by e-mail. The system has been used successfully as an in-house system where Southern staff have e-mailed members of Southerns Safer Travel and Revenue Protection Teams to report incidences of vandalism, anti-social behaviour and fare evasion.

The system allows Southern to respond quickly where officers are in the area, and to identify patterns, trends and hotspots which enables more intelligent deployment of Rail Neighbourhood Officers and Revenue Protection Officers when detailing patrols. Following a successful public trial, Southern has decided to roll out the scheme to the remainder of the Southern network, staring with the West Coastway.

Commenting, Mike said: I was impressed at how the Eyewitness scheme uses technology in a clever way to share information on those causing anti-social behaviour on our trains. It is an inexpensive system that will help to crack down on what is a significant problem. I welcome this pro-active initiative wholeheartedly.