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CRIME PREVENTION & PASSENGER SAFETY


Is crime deterrent and prevention more cost effective than crime reaction?


Bill Searle, national rail sector manager at Senator Security Services, highlights the importance of prevention and deterrence in the battle against theft, trespass and vandalism across the rail network.


rime in the railway environment takes many forms; from the irritating and inconvenient through to the life threatening. Vandalism, arson, trespass and burglary are, unfortunately, everyday considerations, but increasing incidents of metal, power and telecommunications cable theft hit the news headlines on a daily basis across the UK.


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Not wishing to underestimate the cost of the cable itself, it is often the cost of delays and the resulting penalties that are the real cost: a cost that often far exceeds the financial investment in the deployment of approved and proven security services.


As you are involved in the rail sector we will not refer to statistics, as they are widely known; however, ‘prevention is better than cure’,


particularly when the railway infrastructure and those that work in this environment are the target for criminals.


Yes, cable theft continues to challenge the police, BTP and the businesses that operate and support Network Rail in the UK, but this isn’t the only issue to face the rail sector now or in the future.


The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games focused people’s minds as to the real crime risk and opportunities we all face – and it isn’t just when a major event takes place. Major rail and transport hubs are highlighted as the perceived threat area or target for malicious or terrorist threat. Disruption in power supply, signalling and communications can be catastrophic for both public and freight operations. This disruption can indeed be caused by cable theft, or, simply by the theft or vandalism of vital equipment that is ‘mission critical’ for the maintenance and renewal of a signal, level crossing or rail project.


There is often a leaning towards attempting to apprehend the perpetrators after the event. Certainly this has to be an ongoing, sustained and coordinated effort, but so too must the effort and investment be made in prevention.


Senator, as one of only three security companies on the Network Rail Framework Agreement, has developed proven methods and techniques to avert,


deter and


prevent criminal activity in rural, urban and ‘hot spot’ areas – these crime prevention methods have been developed over many years operating in the rail and associated environments and have led to apprehensions ‘in the act’.


114 | rail technology magazine Aug/Sep 12 FOR MORE INFORMATION


For details on proactive, preventative security for your rail project, yard, car park or PTS Security operations, contact Bill Searle: T: 01543 411811 E: bill.searle@senatorsecurity.co.uk


Success is measured by performance and demonstrable reduction or elimination of criminal activity and, therefore, minimised disruption and possessions made on time and on budget. Senator operates ‘near the rail’ with fully trained and equipped PTS security personnel.


Senator has in-house COSS personnel and welcomes the opportunity to be involved in the planning of operations due to extensive experience and a deep understanding of the ‘real life’ challenges faced such as landscape, terrain, local communities, landowners etc.


Protecting your people, property and assets


Security is not a cost that is often ‘the last thing on the list’; it is an integrated service that is a necessity and cannot be delivered effectively or safely by inexperienced, non-approved contractors and supposedly ‘cost effective’ security solutions.


The price to pay for not having the right security provider may significantly exceed the financial cost – food for thought for those seeking to save budget and ‘make do’.


This is a hostile environment and the criminals have little or no regard for their own safety, let alone someone ‘masquerading’ as security.


Senator Security is an SIA and Link-Up Achilles Approved Contractor on the Network Rail Framework Agreement.


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