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Report a crime

How do I report a crime?

If you have been a victim or witness of a crime it is important that you report it to the police at the earliest opportunity, to give us the best chance of finding those people responsible and gather evidence.

To report a crime, dial 101, press option 1 and speak to an operator in the Force Control Room.

What happens next?

Depending upon whether you have been a witness or a victim or crime, and what type of crime has taken place, a number of different things will happen.

When you dial 101 and speak to an operator in the force control room, they will take a number of details from you. The questions they ask you are so they can assess the most appropriate response for your situation.

It might be that attendance by a Police Officer is not required, and in the case, one of three things could then happen:

  • An appointment could be made for an officer to give you a telephone call
  • An appointment could be made for an officer to visit you at a later date
  • Your details could be passed to another agency who is better placed to assist you

This will be explained to you over the phone and then the following contact you have with an officer or member of staff will be the point at which you will out find what is going to happen, such as if the police are going to conduct an investigation or not, and provide you with any information you may need.