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.

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What does Project Guardian hope to achieve?

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 females have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour on the network, with around 90% not reporting 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 problem, 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.

Latest updates

  • A Global Guardian week of action took place between 7 and 11 April 2014. This week of action included Metro Vancouver Transit Police, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority from across the Atlantic, along with the Project Guardian partners.
  • The Project Guardian week of action, between 9 and 15 March 2014, resulted in 16 arrests, as officers engaged with thousands of commuters about the project's work.
  • A man who exposed himself and carried out an indecent act in front of a woman has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for seven years. Marcin Tedorowicz pleaded guilty to exposure on a Brighton to London Victoria service just 24 hours after the incident took place.
  • Officers made 15 arrests in connection with various sexual offences over one single week of action in December 2013.

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 in confidence.

If you have been a victim

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 perpetrators, and make sure our officers are in the right place at the right time.

You can call us on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016. For incidents that take place away from the railway, dial 101. In an emergency always call 999.

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