Transport crime blitz targets 'opportunistic crime'

Transport crime blitz targets 'opportunistic crime'

A 42-year-old man was charged with custody of a knife, intimidating police and transport offences at Cabramatta during a one-day police operation targeting street-level crime on Thursday, November 5.

Operation Colossus is an ongoing Police Transport Command (PTC) intelligence-driven operation targeting known crime hotspot locations across the public transport system, including trains, buses and transport hubs.

A total of 77 officers from the PTC South-West Sector, PTC North-West Sector, drug detection dogs, bicycle police and the Mounted Unit were deployed across the Sydney transport network for the one-day operation.

During the operation, police seized three knives, conducted 80 person searches, issued 115 infringement notices for transport offences and issued 59 move-on directions.

Additionally, police made 18 arrests for a range of offences including robbery in company, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possessing a prohibited drug, mid-range PCA, goods in custody, custody of a knife, outstanding warrants and transport offences.

Operation Commander, Chief Inspector Colin Moore, said that the operation was one of many planned before the end of the year.

"Experience has shown that as we approach the warmer months and restrictions on movement ease, people use the transport system as a means to commit opportunistic crime," Chief Inspector Moore said.

"Everyone using the public transport system has a right to feel safe and not be threatened by anti-social and criminal behaviour.

"Operation Colossus has proven to be a successful strategy in detecting and deterring those behaviours and supports the good proactive work done by our police conduct on a day-to-day basis.

"We will continue to run these high-visibility operations on and around the transport network, so that commuters and the community alike will feel safer using trains and buses, and those people - who choose to flaunt the law - will be dealt with."