British Transport Police (BTP) has named 12 London Underground stations at risk of increased levels of crime if a Night Tube service is introduced later this year.
The dozen 'red stations' listed in a report by the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee include Camden Town, London Bridge, North Greenwich, Piccadilly Circus, Victoria , Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Vauxhall, Brixton, Waterloo, Leicester Square and Oxford Circus.
The report detailed that a review by Metropolitan Police had found sexual offences, anti-social behaviour and other crimes are likely to increase, causing a "rowdy environment", while an increase in unlicensed 'taxi-touting' at terminal stations is expected due to increased demand from the Night Tube and Crossrail services in 2018.
As passengers move from taking night buses to the Underground, anti-social behaviour on buses is also expected to drop.
The revelation in the report comes a week after Transport for London's risk assessment team found increased noise caused by more trains running could lead some residents to feel 'suicidal'.
Finn Brennan of the train driver's union ASLEF said: ‘We are really concerned that Transport for London and the British Transport Police are complacent about this issue.
"Already our members are at risk from passengers under the influence of drink or drugs late at night. There will have to be adequate staff and police resources in place before it is safe for an all-night service to operate."
50% more officers to police trains
Senior ASLEF health & safety reps have demanded an urgent review of the risk assessments to ensure the service is safe for passengers and staff alike.
BTP has stated that the present number of officers on duty until the close of service will rise by 50%, with 100 officers to cover the 144 stations affected.
A BTP spokesperson said: "With our specialist skills in railway policing and expertise in operating in this unique environment we are prepared for the challenges and opportunities that the Night Tube will bring.
"The policing model for Night Tube will see a permanent presence at key stations identified through BTP analysis, and mobile teams who will travel the lengths of the Northern, Piccadilly, Central, Victoria and Jubilee lines throughout the night.
"We take all reports of crime and anti-social behaviour seriously and will investigate all incidents reported to us."
Walthamstow Central and Stratford have also been highlighted as key areas of risk, with Camden borough predicted as being of particular concern.
Night Tube services were agreed between Transport for London and its employees' largest union, RMT at the beginning of March, but five more strikes by maintenance workers over safety concerns are expected to take place between March 25 and June 12.
Of the three unions left to vote on the current Night Tube offer of pay and conditions, it is believed that ASLEF has also advised its members to agree.