Melbourne Commuters Told 'Don't Grope'

Hands Off campaign launched

Melbourne Commuters Told 'Don't Grope'

It seems obvious - keep your hands to yourself on public transport and don't grope others.

But Victorian authorities have had to join forces to launch a "Hands Off" campaign to stamp out sexual offending on public transport.

Images of alleged offenders will be released over the next two weeks in a bid to identify and charge them.

Here's the first round: 

"If your image is released, we urge you to make yourself known to police and we will assist you to access rehabilitative services should you wish," Inspector Karl Curran said on Monday.

"It's only a matter of time before the community tells us where you are and we come to you."

Public Transport Victoria chief executive Jeroen Weimar said the vast majority of Victoria's 590 million journeys each year were safe, but sexual offending will not be tolerated.

"We have CCTV cameras operating across the network to keep our passengers safe," he said.

There are about 9000 CCTV cameras at metropolitan rail stations, and cameras on every station platform and train carriage, with Metro monitoring station CCTV 24-hours a day.

Crime Stoppers Victoria general manager Cathy Rhodes reminded people that anonymous calls to report crimes weren't traced and there is no caller ID or IP tracing.

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