Project Guardian was a wide reaching project
involving BTP, Transport for London (TfL), Metropolitan Police and
the City of London Police, which aimed to reduce sexual assault and unwanted sexual behaviour on
public transport in London.
What were Project Guardian’s aims?
We are fully committed to creating a transport network
free from any kind of unwanted sexual behaviour. Therefore, when
a TfL safety and security survey completed in 2013
revealed approximately 15% of Londoners had experienced
unwanted sexual behaviour on the transport network, and 90% did not
go on to report it to police, we introduced Project Guardian.
One of the most common reasons identified for not reporting
unwanted sexual behaviour was because victims didn't think it was
serious enough to tell the police. To help combat this, Project
Guardian focused on increasing awareness and confidence amongst the
public to report unwanted sexual behaviour to the police or members
of staff, particularly those offences which were often
unreported, such as sexual touching, exposure, outraging public
decency, lewd comments, leering and harassment.
What Guardian did
- Approximately 2,000 police officers and PCSOs dedicated to
patrolling London’s transport network, were specially trained to
deal with cases of unwanted sexual behaviour.
- We worked closely with The Everyday Sexism Project,
against Women Coalition and Hollaback London were key advisers
to the Project Guardian team.
- Everyday plain clothes and high-visibility officers, guided by
the latest intelligence, patrolled 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.
Report It To Stop It
In April 2015 Project Guardian was closed and the practices
developed and learnt were absorbed into our everyday operations. We
have continued to maintain our commitment to combating sexual
offences through supporting the Report It To Stop It (RITSI)
Report It To Stop It seeks to expand upon the success of Project
Guardian by continuing to raise awareness of sexual offences and
encourage reporting by victims and witnesses.
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 on 0800 40 50
text 61016. For
incidents that take place away from the railway, dial 101. In an
emergency always call 999.