What is a Hate Crime?
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards their:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- transgender identity
We actively monitor hate crimes and incidents reported to us where lifestyle is a factor.
A hate crime can be committed against a person or property. A victim doesn't have to be a member of the group the hostility is targeted at. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.
What is a Hate Incident?
Hate incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tension. This is why the police are concerned about incidents and encourage you to report them.
We can only prosecute when the law is broken but we can work with other organisations to try and stop them from becoming any more serious. We understand that most victims of hate crimes and incidents simply want it to stop.
ALL hate crimes are hate incidents BUT NOT all hate incidents amount to a crime.
Hate crime in any form is wrong! By reporting hate crime when it happens, you can help stop it happening to someone else.
Sometimes the incident might seem too minor to bother the police with but reporting it makes a difference – to you, your friends, and the wider community. We know that there are more hate crimes than are reported.
Reporting hate crime helps the police to better understand the level of hate crime in your local area, and improve the way we respond to it. Reporting makes a difference.
How Can I Report a Hate Crime or Hate Incident
If you have witnessed or been a victim of hate crime please report it:
- In an emergency always ring 999
- For non-emergencies ring 101
- Report anonymously online via True Vision, at one of our Third Party Reporting Centres, or to Lancs Police online.
If you don't want to talk to the police or fill in reporting forms, you can still report a hate crime by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. You do not have to give your name and what you say is confidential. It's free to call Crimestoppers.
You can give us as little or as much personal information as you wish. But please note:
- With your details... the incident can be investigated fully and you can get the service you deserve and the support you need.
- Without your details... the report will be used for monitoring purposes to get a true vision of what is happening.