Reporting a hate crime
All hate crimes and incidents should be reported. By reporting incidents, you will enable the police, local councils, housing associations etc to build up patterns of behaviour locally, and highlight areas of concern within your community.
But more importantly, you can get the support you may need and help ensure that offenders are brought to justice and cannot do the same to other people.
Why should I report hate crime?
Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can be confusing and frightening.
By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.
Reporting makes a difference - to you, your friends, and your life.
You can report a hate crime, whether you have been a victim, a witness, or you are reporting on behalf of someone else.
If you are in danger, always ring the police on 999.
If you are deaf or without speech, you can contact 999 by SMS text. Your phone needs to be registered to access this service; to register, text ‘Register’ to 999. When you get a reply, follow the instructions.
You can also visit http://www.emergencysms.org.uk/ for more information.
If you have experienced an incident but are not in immediate danger, you can ring the police on 101.
If you are not sure about ringing the Police, you can ask someone you trust to help you.
You can report a hate crime to Lambeth Council using the on-line reporting form. You can ring the Council’s Community Safety Team on 020 7926 5000 or them.
Report an incident or crime online, using TrueVision, which goes to your local Police Force. For Lambeth, choose Metropolitan Police (London).
Specialist support in Lambeth
DASL’s Hate Crime Advocacy and Outreach Worker can also give you support to report a hate crime or hate incident.