Violent incidents against railway company employees have reached an all-time high this year with almost 800 incidents through October, 250 of which resulted in injuries. That breaks down to nearly three acts of violence against staff per day, every day.

With the arrival of the yearend holiday season, those numbers will only increase. The result is that not only station guards but the general public feels less safe on trains and in stations than ever before.

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