Most crimes committed on board London buses happen in Westminster, according to Transport for London (TfL) figures.

From January 1 to June 30 2017 there was a shocking 7,957 crimes committed on buses in the capital.

Theft and handling were the types of crime most often committed, with 3,334 reported incidents taking place on London buses in that period.

Data obtained from TfL by the company Locksmith Service shows that in Westminster, 557 crimes were committed on buses in the first half of 2017.

A breakdown of offences shows there were a terrifying 168 instances of violence against the person on Westminster buses.

The most common crimes were theft and handling, with 305 reported cases.

As well as 31 reported robberies, a chilling number of sexual offences were carried out by people on Westminster buses with 16 reported incidents.

While other west London boroughs managed to stay out of the top 10 bus crime "hot spots", Brent and Barnet were joint 11th with 253 bus crimes each taking place in each from January to June 2017.

Brent bucked the trend with a shocking 114 instances of violence against the passenger reported there, making it the borough's most common type of bus crime.

Richmond was ranked as the safest place in the capital to board a bus, with 96 crimes were reported on buses there, the lowest number in the capital.

TfL’s director of enforcement and on-street operation, Steve Burton, said: "Our top priority is the safety and security of passengers who make around 15 million journeys on our services each day.

"The transport network is a safe, low-crime environment with very few people ever experiencing or witnessing crime.

"In contrast to national trends, crime on the bus network is falling, but we will continue to work closely with the police to ensure that offenders are dealt with robustly and that our staff and Metropolitan Police Officers are on hand to help customers who need assistance.

"This includes continuing work on our important ‘Report It to Stop It’ campaign, which is encouraging victims of sexual offences to come forward and report crimes."

'Continue to focus on tackling violence'

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "The Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command focuses on tackling crime and offenders on the transport network, including London buses.

"Officers provide a visible reassurance to those that travel through London in order to further drive down crime and the fear of crime and increase passenger confidence.

"We continue to focus on tackling violence on the transport network and, through its investigation teams and the quality of on-bus CCTV, individuals who carry out such offences are being identified and arrested.

"The Met works with Transport for London to ensure a very safe and secure travelling environment for the public on the bus network - thoroughly investigating any crimes or incidents, targeting offenders and supporting victims."

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