The present and future are very exciting times for the project.
The project will be 12 months old in February 2015 and we have have met with lots of amazing people and organisations to make the project the success it is so far – people that genuinely put the victim at the heart of what they do. We couldn’t possibly name all of them but we have some great supporters in the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner office, Laura Bates (Founder of Everyday Sexism Project @everydaysexism) and the Victims Champion for Birmingham – Cllr Jess Phillips and we have had some real local help from Luke at Birmingham Updates who has pushed appeals that have led to the arrest and conviction of offenders and as well as always being on hand to offer advice on how best to use social media and lend a hand with our released marketing campaign in early 2015.
Since February 2014 the Projects dedicated team of investigators have investigated over 95 offences which in terms of the amount of passengers carried on public transport a day may not sound a lot but in the coming years we are absolutely committed to see a reduction in this number because we will be able to tackle offending even better. For now though we almost want to buck the usual crime statistics trend and see an increase in numbers of cases we investigate because it will mean offending is being better reported by victims.
A lot of work has gone on in the background to get the marketing of the project out you – the daily users of public transport. From simple contact cards like the below to full marketing campaign on board and at your stops and stations across the West Midlands. This could not have been possible without the help of our partners National Express and London Midland who are fully behind the project.