Personal safety and security on the metropolitan train system

The audit examined how successful Victoria Police (VicPol) and the Department of Transport (the department) had been from mid-2005 in reducing crime on Melbourne's train system and making passengers feel safe when travelling. During 2008-09 there were more than 7,000 criminal offences reported on Melbourne's train system and this equates to 33 offences per million passenger boardings. These offences happened on trains, at stations and station car parks. These account for about 75 per cent of all recorded offences on public transport in Victoria. Perceptions of safety are important because they influence how people behave, and they do not solely depend on levels of crime. For these reasons it is important that crime and perceptions of safety are managed as two connected but separate objectives. VicPol and the department have been successful in reducing crime on Melbourne's train system since 2007-08. In contrast, the approach to improve passengers' perceptions of safety has not been effective and requires focussed attention.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 27p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 310, session 2006-10

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01382654
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 1:26PM