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Increased patrols to help passengers heading to Birmingham’s Christmas Markets

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Passengers will see more officers on public transport from today (15 November) as we get ready to welcome millions of visitors to Birmingham’s famous Christmas Markets.

Armed, unarmed and plain clothes officers will patrol the city’s tram and train network under Operation Snow, which runs for six weeks and aims to help shoppers and revellers experience everything the city has to offer over the festive period, in a safe and trouble-free environment.

British Transport Police, along with officers from the Safer Travel Partnership, will patrol city centre services and stations at peak times, nipping any anti-social behaviour in the bud and deterring criminality.

Chief Inspector Chris Hodgkiss from BTP said: “This is a fantastic event for Birmingham and we are committed to ensuring the safety and security of those using the tram and train network to travel to and from the markets.

“Your chances of being a victim of crime during this time remain low, with only 17 crimes per million passenger journeys through New Street recorded in Christmas 2017.

“However, we did see a small rise in crime last year - particularly around thefts and public order offences - and with that in mind, I’d urge people to keep an eye on their belongings, not to drink too much and to make sure they plan their journeys home.

“We’ll also have an extra weapon in our fight against crime in the form of our specialist team of firearms officers, behavioural detection officers and dog handlers, following their introduction at New Street earlier this year.

“Passengers should be used to seeing them around and we’d like to reassure people their presence isn’t due to any specific threat or intelligence; they are simply here to protect you and respond to any incident should the need arise.

“The cooperation of the travelling public is vital during this busy period and I’d urge people to report any suspicious behaviour or unattended items to us or a member of rail staff.”

You can contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40. Follow @BTPBhm for latest news and updates.

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