Reports of sex offences on London transport up by a third

Reports of sex offences on London’s Tubes, trains and buses have increased by more than a third, according to new figures.

There were 1,603 reports made from April to December 2015, compared with 1,117 in the same period the previous year – an increase of 36 per cent.

This led to a 40 per cent increase in arrests for crimes such as groping, leering, indecent acts and taking photos without consent, police said.

Police hailed the rise in reporting rates as a success for a high-profile campaign encouraging passengers to report unwanted sexual behaviour.

Officers said the Report it to Stop it campaign had boosted the public’s confidence when it comes to reporting sex offences on the capital’s transport network.

The campaign involves Transport for London, transport police, the Met and City of London Police.

It included the release of an advert featuring a woman being groped on the Tube.

Now here is the difficulty, a lot of sexual assaults and ‘groping’ offences are most likely to occur at night, in which you’d be most likely to get off a train and report the offence at a ticket office, but all London’s ticket offices have been close haven’t they?