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