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 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.
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.
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
- 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
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