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NCJ Number: 148788 Find in a Library
Title: Crime On The Rail System
Author(s): R Jochelson
Corporate Author: New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 38
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This report describes the theft, assault, sexual assault, and robbery offenses reported as occurring on trains or in railroad stations in New South Wales, Australia between January 1990 and December 1992.
Abstract: The data were analyzed in conjunction with rail usage data supplied by the State Rail Authority. Results revealed 4,712 recorded offenses. Assault accounted for 49.4 percent of the offenses; robbery, 23.3 percent; thefts from persons, 22.2 percent; and sexual offenses, 5.1 percent. Eighty-six percent of the assaults were nonaggravated assaults. The number of offenses was relatively small in comparison to the average of 914,769 passenger journeys on each weekday, 381,299 each Saturday, and 249,967 each Sunday. The victimization risk tended to be greatest during the early morning hours (from 1 to 6 a.m.) on weekends, followed by late evening hours on weekends, late evenings on weekdays, and early mornings on weekdays. Situational crime prevention strategies and increased law enforcement targeted at rail facilities may reduce railroad crime but displace the crime to surrounding areas. Therefore, social crime prevention strategies that increase the incentives for an offender to become a law-abiding citizen should be combined with situational crime prevention measures. Figures, tables, notes, and 14 references
Main Term(s): Crime Statistics
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Mass transit security; New South Wales; Railroad law enforcement; Railroads
Note: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, International Crime Statistics Program
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