339 assaults on Translink customers and workers
There have been 339 reported assaults carried out on Translink staff and customers since 2008, latest figures reveal.
And in the same time period the company has had to foot a bill of nearly £1.6m due to vandalism.
The figures — obtained under the Freedom of Information Act — show that between 2008 and June of this year, 135 Translink staff were assaulted on Ulsterbus/Citybus property while there were 97 incidents of assaults on non-Translink personnel.
NI Railways had 46 reports of assaults on staff in that time and 61 on non-company personnel.
Staff assaults recorded involve both physical and verbal assault.
The figures show that last year the bill for vandalism more than doubled from £267,664 in 2010/11 to £586,400 for 2011/12. The overall bill for vandalism since 2008 is currently £1,592,525.
The information obtained also showed 138 fare evaders were detected by Translink staff.
A Translink spokesperson said: “Translink condemns all attacks and instances of abuse against our employees and customers and acts of vandalism against our vehicles and property. We would encourage individuals to report incidents either to Translink, Crimestoppers or PSNI.
“To encourage the public to report instances of anti-social behaviour, we operate a reward scheme which will make a cash payment of up to £1,000 to any member of the public who witnesses any incident of trespass, vandalism or assault against a member of staff and is prepared to give evidence in court, resulting in a conviction.”
Since 2008 until June 2012 Translink recorded:
- 232 assaults on staff and non-Translink personnel using Ulsterbus/Citybus property
- 107 assaults on staff and non-Translink personnel on Northern Ireland Railways property
- £1,592,525 worth of vandalism
- 138 reports of fare evasion