I would be grateful if you could report any incidences on Tower Hamlets buses to the SNT or police. It seems odd to me that we were asked twice what the time was recently when we used the D3 bus to the Isle of Dogs. Both on the way there and on the way back, an Asian person asked for the time. We used to have aggressive beggars hanging around the park entrances near Bethnal Green tube doing the same thing, when muggings were rife. So please report incidences of being approached on bus journeys.
Best not to tell the time as that person might just want to find out if you have a modern gadget on you. Please do not restrict your alertness to only one racial group.
According to TfL statistics published on 14 June 2011 bus crime in Tower Hamlets has risen by 11.5% with theft and handling being the most prominent offences. Crime on DLR has reduced. I shall seek to see which bus routes are the most affected.