Crime on Birmingham's busy Cross City railway line has fallen by 65 per cent, it was revealed yesterday as its local Neighbourhood Policing Team celebrated their first birthday.
The NPT for British Transport Police, which patrol stations Redditch, Worcestershire and Lichfield, Staffordshire, to tackle anti-social behaviour and fear of crime, has seen reported crime drop dramatically.
Since the team was launched in January 2007, the number of reported incidents has fallen from 58 in December 2006 to 20 offences last December.
Last month reported crime on the Cross City line had fallen by 48 per cent, from 75 incidents in January 2007 to 39.
T/Sergeant John Caisley, who leads one of the NPT teams, said: "We are really pleased with the impact the NPT has made over the last 12 months.
"We are continuing to build and strengthen our relationships with the communities we serve, as neighbourhood policing is all about tackling local problems with local solutions."