How to Report a Crime:
It is important to know the correct way to get help or report crime if you have been a victim or have witnessed a crime.
In an Emergency
(If you’ve been mugged, badly hurt or attacked in any way or seen a serious crime)
– Call the police on 999 as soon as possible
– If on public transport use the passenger alarm or speak to the nearest member of staff
Non-Emergency Crimes or General Police Enquiries
(If you want to report a minor crime, such as your phone being stolen, your property being damaged, you suspect drug use or dealing in your neighbourhood)
– Call the local police on 101
– For Tube and rail, you can also text what happened, where and when, to 61016
– Go to the nearest police station to report it
– Report online
If you’ve been the victim of a crime, victim support can offer free help and support.
– East London Victim Assessment and Referral Service: 0808 168 9291 (then dial 2) 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.
– East London Local Victim Care Team 0203 910 9040
– Alternatively, you can contact them via live chat – normal operating hours are from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
– For support outside of their open hours, call our Supportline for free on 08 08 16 89 111
Report Crime Anonymously
If you want to report a crime, but you do not want to be identified to the police, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Find more information here.
If you or someone you know is involved in a gang or carrying a weapon, you can get advice from the Metropolitan Police website here. They understand that you may not want to talk to a family member, teacher or the police so you can speak anonymously to crimestoppers or childline to get support too.