Transport is the most popular transport in the UK, according to a new study by the British Transport Police.
The police force said that transport accounted for 16.1% of all crimes recorded in England and Wales in 2016-17, up from 14.3% in 2015-16.
The figures, published by the government-funded Transport Statistics Agency (TSSA), showed that, in the year to December, 1,093 people were arrested in connection with the transport industry, an increase of 3% on the previous year.
Of the 1,107 people arrested in the same period, 746 were in custody for serious crime.
The statistics are not an exact count of the number of offences committed on the roads, but they show that a lot of the transport offences are relatively minor and have been on the decline since the mid-2000s.
The number of transport offences rose from 882 in 2015 to 1,053 in 2016, a decrease of 4% compared with the previous 12 months.
The TSB also said that crime on the railways rose by 6% from 7,818 to 7,621.
The biggest increase in the number and seriousness of offences was on the road, where a total of 2,084 people were charged with a serious crime on road transport.
The figure was down from 1,611 in 2015, although there were 7,081 serious offences recorded in the previous 11 months.
However, the TSB noted that “a number of factors could have contributed to the reduction” of serious crimes on the network.
“A number of people may have reported a crime to police or other authorities,” it said.
“Some may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Others may have committed offences at home.”
The TSPA said that it had recorded a further 11,600 serious transport offences in 2016.
The latest statistics also showed that there were an increase in serious offences committed by people under the age of 35.
The numbers also showed a rise in offences against pedestrians.
The Transport Crime Reduction Survey, released in May, showed that offences against people under 18 increased by 13% from 1.5 million offences in 2015/16 to 2.9 million in 2016/17.
The rise in serious crime was partly attributed to a surge in the numbers of people using mobile phones and social media.
The government said that the TSPAA was working with its partners to develop a plan to reduce serious transport-related offences.
“As the Government’s focus has been on tackling crime in the transport sector, we are working to bring down the numbers,” the transport minister said.
“This includes taking further action to make it easier for people to report serious crimes, to better identify the people responsible for serious offences and to bring perpetrators of serious offences to justice.”