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Rail passengers are being urged to keep their valuables safe from potential thieves on trains.

The British Transport Police (BTP) has launched ‘Operation Magnum’ to help passengers keep their belongings out of the hands of pickpockets, gadget-grabbers and luggage thieves.

The campaign is aiming to tackle the recent rise in thefts from stations and on trains, and includes a video on the BTP’s website identifying the 13 most common tricks thieves use.

BTP officers will work with train companies and local police to disrupt and deter thieves who prey on commuters and tourists.

Chief Superintendent Terry Nicholson said: “Thefts on the rail network are very rarely opportunistic, they are committed by determined thieves whose sole intention is to steal from other passengers.

“While crime on the rail network is down for the ninth successive year, theft of passenger property has been a real challenge for us this year, particularly with the rise in thefts of smartphones and other high-tech devices.

“We’ll use a range of tactics to create a really difficult environment for criminals to operate within.

“However, Operation Magnum is also about education.

“We want the public to watch our videos and know how to best look after their property on crowded trains.”