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Lots of drug users experience crimes. This part of the site is about the support available to you if you are a victim of crime.

Reporting a crime

If you've been the victim of a crime it's really important to report it. We know that sometimes it’s not easy to decide to come forward. But we also know that if no one reports a crime, it’s as if it never happened.

If no one reports a crime, the criminal is free to commit more crime, damaging more communities and individuals.

It’s also important to report crime for your own practical purposes, like getting a crime number from the police so that you can make an insurance claim.

How do i report a crime?

Dial 999

In an emergency, or if you are facing immediate threat, dial 999 and ask for the police. Your call will be redirected to your local force.

Going to your local police station

At the police station you will be asked to provide details of the crime and make a statement about the facts of the case.

You’ll receive a crime reference number that you can quote to find out about the progress of your case and to use if you’re making any kind of insurance claim, for example, for a stolen mobile phone.

To find contact details for your local police station:

  • Look in the front section of the Phone Book, under 'In an emergency', or in the Yellow Pages under 'Police'
  • Use www.yell.com (new window) to search for details of your local police station

Reporting a crime anonymously

Crimestoppers is a completely independent organisation which allows you to provide the details of a crime, without revealing your identity.

You will not be asked to give your name, sign any kind of statement or appear in court – all you have to do is provide the information about the crime.

For more information visit the Crimestoppers website: www.crimestoppers-uk.org (new window)
  

Can i do anything else to help the case?

Make a victim personal statement

You can also make a ‘victim personal statement’. A victim personal statement allows you to explain more about the impact of the crime on you personally. The personal statement can be used by the judge or magistrate to help them decide on an appropriate sentence for the offender.

Deciding to provide a victim personal statement is completely voluntary and you can decide to make one at any point in the case.

To find out more read the guide Making a personal statement (new window) and visit the Victims area of the Criminal Justice System website (new window).

What happens next?

Once you've reported a crime you will be kept informed of developments and – depending on the outcome of the resulting investigation – you may need to appear in court as a witness (new window).
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Helping victims and witnesses come forward

To help people come forward, and take back the power from the criminals, we're improving the justice system, so that it supports and protects those who report crime.

Find out more about the help available for victims of crime.

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