Reporting hate crime

For an easy read version of how to report hate crime please go to the easy read hate crime section.

You can report hate crime in a number of different ways:

To the police

If it is an emergency where life is threatened, people are injured or offenders are nearby and an urgent response is required, ring 999.

First language is not English

If you are seeking information or reporting an incident on behalf of a friend or member of the family whose first language is not English please let us know and we will arrange for an interpreter to be present if appropriate.

If you are Deaf

Devon and Cornwall Police use SignLive which allows us to gain access to BSL interpreters so please if you need us be assured we will take the time to understand your issue.

To a third party who will report the incident to the police with your permission

National third party reporting

In Plymouth

In Cornwall

It is important to report

By reporting a hate crime/incident to the police, it will be recorded and investigated as appropriate.

The minimum detail required to make a report of a hate crime/incident is

  • What happened
  • Where it happened
  • When it happened

Evidence is not needed to report a hate crime.

However, where evidence is found which may show that hostility or prejudice has been a factor in the circumstances of a crime, this will be taken into account if the case is taken to court and may contribute to an increased sentence.

A victim reporting hate crime will be taken seriously.

It is important that hate crime is reported otherwise the police are unable to do anything about it and to change the type of behaviour involved.

It is possible to report whilst remaining anonymous if preferred through third party reporting as mentioned above.


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Devon & Cornwall Police
Police Headquarters
Middlemoor, Exeter

Tel: 101
Textphone: 67101 sms/text number for the deaf/hard hearing/speech impaired
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