Although sexual offences make up a very small number of the
offences reported to us, we understand they cause particular
concern to passengers. We are committed to reducing the number of
offences and catching offenders quickly.
Sexual offences is the term
used for a variety of crimes, including sexual touching, exposure,
sexual comments or any other form of unwanted sexual behaviour.
We take any offence of this nature extremely seriously and we
are committed to developing a transport network which is free from
harassment and accessible to everyone.
We encourage you to report anything that makes you feel
uncomfortable. This includes rubbing, leering, sexual comments,
indecent acts, groping, masturbation, taking photos of a sexual
nature without your consent.
Report it to stop it
We understand that if you experience unwanted sexual behaviour,
you might want to forget about it and move on. You’re not alone,
many people don’t report.
However, reporting it can help us to stop it. No incident is too
small or trivial. What has happened is not your fault. We will
always take you seriously, believe what you tell us and treat you
If you experience unwanted sexual behaviour,
we want you to report it.
We will do everything we can to bring the offender to justice.
We can also use the information to make sure our officers are in
the right place at the right time, to help prevent it happening to
Report anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. You might
think it’s too trivial to report but no one should be made to feel
uncomfortable on their journey. Your report will help us to stop it
Find out more about our campaign to increase reports of unwanted sexual
behaviour on public transport.
We’re working closely with Transport for London (TfL), the
Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police on
Project Guardian, to help reduce sexual assault and unwanted
sexual behaviour on public transport in London.
We know that sexual assaults and unwanted sexual behaviour go
largely under-reported. Project Guardian aims to increase awareness
of sexual offences, and help to make victims or witnesses feel more
comfortable in reporting them.
Read more about Project Guardian.
We’re working in the West Midlands as part of Project Empower –
a Safer Travel
Partnership initiative to tackle unwanted sexual behaviour on
the public transport network.
Project Empower aims to give people who experience unwanted
sexual behaviour the confidence to report what has happened to
How we deal with it
- We're working with other agencies such as End Violence against
London, Suzy Lamplugh
Trust and Girlguiding. They are
- We combat sexual offences by establishing patterns and
introducing undercover officers.
- We use high profile policing strategies to deter offenders and
maintain peace of mind for passengers.
- We publish details of all successful prosecutions, sending a
clear message to perpetrators that criminality will not be accepted
on the network.
- We work in partnership with railway businesses to make stations
and trains safer, and we use CCTV to deter and catch