Train stations are considered by many commuters to be unsafe. Recently Victoria Police has increased monitoring and management of passenger safety but many commuters still fall victim to crimes against the person whilst using Melbourne’s public transport system.
In 2008-09 there were more than 7000 criminal offences reported on Melbourne’s train system.
In 2009 there were 385 reported serious physical assaults at Melbourne’s train stations with the ten most dangerous stations being Flinders, Dandenong, Broadmeadows, Footscray, St. Albans, Ringwood, Bayswater, Frankston, Southern Cross and Thomastown
More than half, some 52%, of all physical assaults at railway stations occurred between 6 pm and 3:30 am.
Commuters using Melbourne’s train system should remember these safety tips:
- When travelling alone, choose a seat in the first carriage, nearest the driver’s cabin.
- When choosing a seat, sit near other passengers, rather than alone.
- Have your journey worked out before you leave to reduce the time spent waiting at the station
- Whilst waiting for a train, stand in well lit areas, preferably the yellow safety zone located at most stations.
- Don’t walk home alone late at night from a railway station if possible.
If you have been a victim of a crime at a Victorian Railway Station information and assistance can be sought from Victims of Crime Counselling and Compensation Services on Freecall 1800 000 055.