ScotRail bans use of mosquito anti-loitering devices

Saturday, 18 November 2017

ScotRail has banned the use of mosquito anti-loitering devices at stations following a thorough review by the organisation.

In response to anti-social behaviour at Hamilton Central and Helensburgh Central, mosquito anti-loitering devices were installed as just one of a wide range of measures to ensure the safety and security of staff and customers. Other action to tackle anti-social behaviour included security guards at stations, an increased British Transport Police presence at stations and on trains, and more Police Scotland patrols in the local areas.

A third device is in place at Aberdeen station. This device was installed before the beginning of the current franchise, and hasn’t been used since before 2015.

ScotRail’s review concluded that given the low usage of the devices, and the lack of evidence to show the positive impact of the devices in isolation, they should be banned.

David Lister, ScotRail Alliance director of safety and sustainability, said:

“The safety and security of our staff and customers remains our priority, and we continue to work with all agencies – including the British Transport Police, Police Scotland, trade unions, and local authorities – to tackle any anti-social behaviour at our stations. These devices were always only a small part of a much wider effort to tackle anti-social behaviour wherever it occurred.

“A small number of customers raised concerns about the use of these devices. We always listen very carefully to customer feedback. Following a thorough review of the use of mosquito anti-loitering devices, we have taken the decision to ban them from the three stations at which they are currently installed.”