• Keeping children and young people safe

    We have an active programme of initiatives under way to tackle crime on the railway.

    Safety Zone: This is a specially kitted-out building in Treforest, north of Cardiff which is funded and led by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. It's open to schools and other groups, who visit the various information stands and are given a 10-minute presentation by a British Transport Police representative. 

    Dangerpoint: DangerPoint is a dedicated centre providing hands-on safety education to specifically for children and young people but all members of the community can enjoy what's on offer.  Located at Talacre, near Prestatyn, children can learn all about safety, citizenship and development of essential life skills. To find out how to stay safe and have fun at DangerPoint and make a booking, please email bookings@dangerpoint.org.uk .

    School Visits: British Transport Police schools liaison officers visit schools by appointment and spend the day talking to classes about the dangers of trespass and vandalism.

    Operation Hawk: uniformed and undercover patrols are carried out by British Transport Police officers in train cabs to blitz known route crime hotspots. A Network Rail helicopter in support gives immediate and fast response during the operations and is equipped with high tech monitoring equipment that can be used in court hearings. The police run Operation Hawk in partnership with Network Rail, Arriva Trains Wales and other train operating companies. Last summer, Operation Hawk detected many offences in which both adults and children were involved in trespassing, stone  throwing, placing obstructions on lines, disorderly behaviour, criminal damage and drugs. Many of those will have been prosecuted.

    Q Trains - trains that look like normal service trains are run from time to time on known crime hotspot routes. In fact, the trains are loaded with police officers who will leap off to apprehend offenders seen engaging in criminal activity on or near the line.