You can report hate crime in a number of different ways:
To the police
- Online using the Devon and Cornwall Police non-emergency crime reporting form
- Or call us on 101, the force's non-emergency number.
- Report the problem to your local police station or local policing team.
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 Deafinite interpreters which allows us to gain access to BSL interpreters so please if you need us be assured we will take the time to understand what happened.
To a third party who will report the incident to the police with your permission
National third party reporting
- In Plymouth you can contact one of the local third party reporting centres.
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, this evidence may enhance any sentence given to the individual(s) committing the offence.
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.