Crowd Spatial Patterns at Bus Stops: Security Implications and Effects of Warning Messages

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


As demonstrated throughout this book, the risk of certain types of crime can increase in congested spaces. Contact crimes, crimes which require the offender to make physical contact with the victim, are especially common in more crowded transport networks and can discourage many would-be passengers (Brand and Price, 2000). Pickpocketing makes up a substantial portion of this, accounting for around 50 per cent of all crime on London’s transport network (Transport for London, 2012). Other chapters in this volume have emphasized the link between pickpocketing and bus stops, and this chapter will delve deeper into the mechanics of crowding at bus stops, and implications for pickpocketing and risk.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety and Security in Transit Environments:
Subtitle of host publicationAn Interdisciplinary Approach
EditorsVania Ceccato, Andrew Newton
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-45765-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-349-57179-6
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameCrime Prevention and Security Management
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan UK