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article imageWorst London Underground lines for crime revealed

By Tim Sandle     Apr 2, 2016 in Travel
London - New figures released by British Transport Police show the areas on the London Underground which are worst for crime. At the top is the Central Line.
The London Underground (sometimes just called the Tube) is a public rapid transit system, consisting of a network of tube trains, located both underground and above ground. The Underground serves 270 stations, and has 11 lines, running a total 402 kilometres (250 miles) in length.
The main transport links in the U.K. are served by their own police force — British Transport Police. The force covers 10,000 miles of track and more than 3,000 railway stations and depots.
The types of crimes recorded are mostly petty (although still of significance to the victim), and include stolen wallets and handbags; or inappropriate physical contact. Violence is relatively low. What is of interest is that the pattern of crimes is not evenly distributed, with the Central Line (the one indicated, perhaps appropriately by its red color) coming out as the line where the most crimes are recorded. In 2015, there were 3,783 crimes reported on this stretch of rail. Stations served include popular tourist spots like St. Pauls, Holborn, Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus.
Second on the list was the Piccadilly Line (the dark blue colored line on the underground map), with 3,450 incidents; with third place taken by the Jubilee Line (the one denoted by a silver color), with 3,221 crimes. The safest was the Waterloo & City Line, with just 21 crimes, although this line receives the lowest number of users each year.
According to the Evening Standard, the full list is:
1. Central 3,783
2. Piccadilly 3,450
3. Jubilee 3,221
4. Northern 3,083
5. District 2,654
6. Victoria 2,474
7. Circle and Hammersmith & City 2,108
8. Bakerloo 1,587
9. Metropolitan 1,445
10. DLR 1,285
11. Waterloo & City 21
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