Sexual offences

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.

Report it to stop it

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 with respect.

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 someone else.

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 happening again.

Find out more about our campaign to increase reports of unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport.

Project Guardian

Project Guardian - BTP on Tube platform

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.

Project Empower

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 them.

How we deal with it

  • We're working with other agencies such as End Violence against Women, Everyday Sexism, Hollaback London, Suzy Lamplugh Trust and Girlguiding. They are key advisors.
  • 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 offenders.