Sexual offences

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2412
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Reported sexual offences rose by 34.7 per cent across the transport network in 2014/15. How much of this does the Mayor attribute to increased reporting and how much does he attribute to a higher number of offences?

Answer

Answer for Sexual offences

Answer for Sexual offences

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There were 1,560 sexual offences recorded on the London public transport network during 2014/15, an increase of 358 offences in comparison to 2013/14 (1,202 offences). This equates to a 30% increase.  Please note these figures are in relation to TfL and National Rail services within the London area.

Increases in the number of recorded offences were anticipated and are considered a positive result of Project Guardian, which focuses on increasing awareness and confidence among the public to report unwanted sexual behaviour to the police.   We have seen a strong correlation between our engagement activity and the numbers of incidents reported, which reassures us that the increase in reported sexual offences is as a direct result of Project Guardian.

This is further supported by the spike in reports since we launched 'Report it to stop it', our Project Guardian advertising campaign, in April 2015.  The short film has already had over 1m views of YouTube, and has been very positively received in the media, across social media channels, and from key stakeholders.

We regularly undertake safety and security surveys of our passengers, and results show the proportion of Londoners who have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour has remained fairly constant over the last few years.  This again reassures us that there has not been an increase in unwanted sexual behaviour on the London transport system, and that the increase in reported offences is as a result of increased confidence in reporting.