Network Rail Trespass and Vandalism Project
During April, Lingwood Security Management took part in a new trespass and vandalism project for Network Rail in the Midlands area. The project ran from 12th-28th April.
This was a brand new project that Network Rail and the British Transport Police (BTP) were rolling out to see how it worked and see what information they can collect.
Our role was to provide high visibility patrols to a specific area / route allocated by the clients to observe and secure. We were tasked with calling the BTP on a daily basis at 1pm to update the client on any findings or incidents that occurred.
All operatives deployed on to this project were PTS Trained (Personal Track Safety) to ensure they had the understanding of the railway environment. They worked in two-person teams with a dedicated vehicle.
Last Thursday, Alan Lingwood and Summer Jenkins attended the close out meeting for the project, along with Network Rail, the British Transport Police and Route Crime.
Network Rail stated that the trial run of the project was a success and there was a reduction in incidents. They went on to say that even though it is very early days, they believe that rolling out this project will prevent incidents throughout the UK.
Speaking following the close out meeting, Alan Lingwood, Director, said: “I saw this project as a great opportunity for our operatives to fully test their observational and security skills on behalf of a national client. Working with the British Transport Police is a way of naturally aligning their security thought process with the legal framework associated with situations involving the railways. Well done to all involved. I hope we can continue our involvement in this project going forwards, and that Lingwood Security Management can play a vital role in keeping our railways, and the people who use them, safe and secure.”
Project Specific Responsibilities
The objective of the project was to show a visible presence to deter trespass and vandalism at the agreed trespass hotspot locations. This was carried out with the following tasks:
- Actively patrolling the agreed locations providing a high visibility presence - locations in the area include stations, nearby bridges, underpasses, car parks, access points and areas that youth linger/gather
- Informing route control of trespass and vandalism incidents if witnessed
- Informing route control of any behaviour or condition that creates risk to train services
- Gaining intelligence and information (such as suspicious behaviour/persons stopped from trespassing)
- Checking correct signage is in place, including Samaritan signage
- Working with mobile operators managers (MOMs) and the British Transport Police (BTP) on trespass and vandalism incidents
- Raising faults and close calls where required