Project Guardian

Project Guardian is a long-term project involving BTP, Transport for London (TfL), Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police, which aims to reduce sexual assault and unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport in London.

Report it to stop it

What are Project Guardian’s aims?

We want London’s transport network to be free from any kind of unwanted sexual behaviour. According to the TfL safety and security survey, around 15% of Londoners have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour on the transport network, and 90% do not go on to report it to police. One of the most common reasons for not reporting it is because they didn’t think it was serious enough.

To help combat this, Project Guardian focuses on increasing awareness and confidence amongst the public to report unwanted sexual behaviour to the police or members of staff, particularly those offences which are often unreported, such as sexual touching, exposure, outraging public decency, lewd comments, leering and harassment.

What we are doing

  • There are around 2,000 police officers and PCSOs dedicated to patrolling London’s transport network, who have been specially trained to deal with cases of unwanted sexual behaviour.
  • We're working closely with The Everyday Sexism Project, End Violence against Women Coalition and Hollaback London who have been key advisers to the Project Guardian team.
  • Everyday plain clothes and high-visibility officers continue to patrol the network to identify offenders and prevent crime.
  • Our 61016 text number gives victims and witnesses a discreet way to report sexual offences to us.

If you have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour

If you choose to report any incident of a sexual nature to the police or a member of rail staff, you will be always be believed and taken seriously, no matter where you are in the country. Your evidence can help us identify and catch offenders, and make sure our officers are in the right place at the right time.

You can call us on0800 40 50 40 or text 61016. For incidents that take place away from the railway, dial 101. In an emergency always call 999.

More information: sexual offences