Reporting hate crime
You can report a hate crime if you are the victim or if you witness it. Every report of a hate crime helps us build up a picture that can help convict the people responsible and prevent future crimes.
What hate crime is
If you are targeted because of who you are, or who someone thinks you are, that is a hate crime. Hate crime is crime targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person's:
- Race or ethnicity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
It is still a hate crime if the offender believes that you belong to the group that they are targeting - even if you don't.
Hate crime may be physical assault or verbal abuse.
Reporting an offence
If you experience or witness a hate crime, this is how to report it:
- Speak to a member of TfL staff
- For incidents on streets or buses, report to the Metropolitan Police online at met.police.uk or call them on 101. Or approach the driver's cab where they can call our control centre directly
- For incidents on Tube or rail services - text British Transport Police on 61016 or call 0800 405040 - these numbers are monitored 24/7. You can do this using the Wi-Fi at many Tube and London Overground stations
- Download the British Transport Police app Railway Guardian from the App Store or Google Play Store. The app also contains safe travel guides and advice
- In an emergency, always call 999
Reporting an offence at a later date
We understand that you might not feel comfortable reporting a hate crime at the time of the incident. There are a number of ways in which you can report a hate crime at a later date:
- Online through the police's True Vision website. This can be anonymous. True Vision also includes information on reporting hate crime to other organisations which support victims of hate crime
- Directly to the police by visiting your local police station
Find out what is likely to happen after you report a hate crime.
The Community Alliance To Combat Hate (CATCH) provides support to anyone who has experienced a hate crime.
CATCH offers confidential specialist advice, support and advocacy to people targeted with violence, abuse or harassment because of their race, religion, disability, sexuality or gender identity. CATCH is partnered with seven community organisations.
How TfL can help you
We do not tolerate hate crime on our network. TfL works closely with the police and we support people who have been victims.
All our frontline staff are trained to deal with hate crime issues. They must treat every report of a hate crime seriously and with empathy.
We use video and audio from our camera network to protect the public and to prosecute offenders.
Bus drivers and train drivers have immediate and direct contact with our control centres where there are police officers.
We stand together against hate
Hate crime has a far-reaching impact. It can divide communities and affect people's well-being. It should never be accepted.
TfL works with the Metropolitan Police Service, British Transport Police and City of London Police to help keep our network safe for all. Together, we investigate hate crimes on the public transport network, holding offenders to account and reassuring passengers that hate crime in any form is not tolerated..
How London's transport policing works.
Details of the Metropolitan Police's Safer Transport Teams.
Find out more about how we're keeping people safe.