Project Guardian

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.

Project Guardian

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, End Violence 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) campaign.

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 time.

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

More information: sexual offences