What is a Hate Crime?
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- transgender identity
We actively monitor hate crimes and incidents reported to us against people where lifestyle is perceived as a factor.
This can be committed against a person or property. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. 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 in a community. For this reason the police are concerned about incidents and encourage you to report. The police can only prosecute when the law is broken but we can work with partners to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness. 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! That is why it is important that if hate crime happens to you or someone you know, that you report it. Sometimes you may feel that the incident is too minor to bother the police but reporting it makes a difference – to you, your friends, and your community. Under-reporting is a major issue in relation to all hate crime. Research has established that much higher levels of hate crime take place than are currently reported. By reporting hate crime when it happens, you can help stop it happening to someone else. You will also help the police to better understand the level of hate crime in your local area, and improve the way they 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 you must report it. This can be done in a number of ways:
- 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
- Report Online
If you do not want to talk to the police or fill in the 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 is free to call.
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