London has made it easier for people to report crimes on public transportation.
Often times, identifying the person responsible for the crimes is difficult. According to Indy100, the Met Police and Travel for London have created a means to identify these people. According to BuzzFeed journalist Patrick Strudwick, police can use a debit or Oyster card number to track your location on a TfL vehicle. From there, they can find out which people were on board at the same time as you.
Just been at a hate crime event with the Met police + they told me something really useful.
If you’re on a bus + you witness a hate crime, if you give the police the number on the back of your Oyster/debit card, they can trace the bus + every passenger on it to find the culprit.
— Patrick Strudwick (@PatrickStrud) May 24, 2018
By Saturday afternoon, Strudwick’s post about locating those responsbile for crimes on public transit had been retweeted over 10,000 times and garnered over 15,000 likes.
Naturally, some citizens have voiced their concern over the amount of information the TfL has on its citizens. Speaking to Indy100, Steve Burton, the Director of Compliance, Policing and On-Street Services, said, “We do not tolerate any form of hate crime on London transport. Our passengers have the right to travel safely and securely and if someone has targeted you or you’ve witnessed it happening to someone else, report it to the police by calling 101 or texting 61016, if it is an emergency call 999… We work closely with the police and will provide CCTV evidence and ticket data on a case-by-case basis, where it is specifically requested by the police and appropriate to do so.”
News of London’s method for catching responsbile parties comes just days after a man was caught on camera screaming at a black woman for “talking too loudly” on the LIRR in New York. The man has since been charged with a hate crime, punishable by $1,000 and up to one year behind bars.