Sexual Offences on the Bus Network

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0728
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

This year Sexual Offences have risen 47.6% on the Bus network. What analysis and information do you have to explain why sexual offences on the bus network have seen such an increase?

Answer

Answer for Sexual Offences on the Bus Network

Answer for Sexual Offences on the Bus Network

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The latest official bus-related crime figures from the Metropolitan Police Service show that there has been a 26.3 per cent increase (132 additional offences, 634 compared with 502) in reported sexual offences on the bus network over the past 12 months [January - December 2014 compared with January - December 2013].

Increases in the number of recorded offences were anticipated and are considered a positive result of Project Guardian, launched in July 2013 to reduce unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport in London, which was historically significantly underreported. 

A key objective of the campaign has been to engage with our passengers and encourage them to report instances of unwanted sexual behaviour. TfL has handed out over 150,000 leaflets and engaged with the public both face to face and on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

Building on this, TfL - in partnership with London policing agencies - will launch a new Project Guardian advertising campaign in Spring 2015. The campaign will focus on encouraging victims to report, and reassuring them that their report will always be taken seriously.

As part of this campaign, TfL will be undertaking campaign evaluation and analysis to understand the impacts of the campaign on levels of reporting.