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Hate Crime - Prevent it, Report it!

Hate crime

What is hate crime?

Read the easy read hate crime information resource 

According to the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) and ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers), Hate Crime is defined as: “Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by a hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.”

A hate crime may include a range of offences such as; arson, bullying, criminal damage to property or a place of residence, harassment, physical assault, sending offensive phone texts, threats, Verbal abuse and other offensive behaviour. 

What is a hate incident?

ACPO define a Hate Incident as: “Any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.”

There are a range of options for people to seek support and/ or report a hate crime or hate incident both locally, London wide and nationally.

Why is it important to report?

We need to know what groups of people are victims so that we can support them.

At least half of all hate crime is not reported to the police this means that a large number of people are not getting the help they deserve.

People who commit hate crimes and are not prosecuted may then target other people too. If people report, then it is possible that the numbers of crimes will reduce and less people are hurt.


In an emergency (if the crime is happening now or if anyone is in immediate danger) you should always dial 999.

In a non-emergency you can also contact the police on the 24 hour number 101. You can also use this number to contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Teams, or go to
www.police.uk/metropolitan for more information.

Some victims or witnesses may not wish to report directly to the police, or may seek specialist support. For details of other reporting and support services, check the links below.

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