Railways witness rise in crimes

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Passengers can now seek assistance via 182, an all-India security helpline

There has been a rise in crimes on trains and at stations in the last two years.

According to Railway Ministry data, 13,813 crimes were committed on trains in 2014 which went up to 17,726 in 2015. Similarly, 8,085 crimes were committed in 2014 at rail premises and the number rose to 9,650 in 2015.

Strengthening the security and safety infrastructure in Railways is a continuous process and various steps are being taken to improve these aspects, a Railway Ministry official said.

An integrated security system, comprising CCTV, access control and anti-sabotage checks, has been sanctioned to strengthen surveillance mechanism at over 202 sensitive stations across the country.

Based on threat perception and to strengthen surveillance, the official said railways have installed 5,367 CCTVs at various stations.

Currently, 2,300 trains are escorted by RPF and 2,200 by GRP on a daily basis.

An all-India security helpline 182 has been made operational to enable passengers to seek security-related assistance round the clock.

Keywords: railways, crime

source : THE HINDU

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