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06/03/2013

PageOne aid British Transport Police tackle travel crime through text service

PageOne Communications, the UK’s leading provider of mobile messaging solutions to the public and enterprise sectors, today announced the British Transport Poilce (BTP) are using PageOne SMS messaging and Sort Code services as part of a new initiative enabling commuters to easily report crime whilst using public transport.

From March 6th commuters who witness anti-social behaviour on trains will be able to alert police via text. The moves comes after a series of incidents in which videos have been posted on YouTube showing travellers in drunken rants against fellow passengers. Utilising Connect, PageOne’s cloud-based messaging service, BTP are able to monitor messages received via 61016 Short Code and dispatch officers if needed.

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Crowther said “By encouraging passengers to report incidents via text, we hope we’ll get more of a complete picture of the sort of all too common problems that affect peoples journeys”. Last year BTP recorded 5,706 cases of anti-social behaviour on trains and Tubes while in London police received 86,000 calls on a non emergency phone line about railways and Overground and Tube Stations.

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