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Hate crime

Hate crime

The City of London Police will not tolerate any form of hate crime. We are committed to ensuring your safety.

A Hate Crime is defined as:    

Any hate incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.    

Hate Incident

“A hate incident is 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.”

What can I report?

Any incident where you or anyone else has been targeted because they or you are believed to be of a different:

  • race
  • religion / belief
  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity
  • or have a disability.
Hate crimes are directed against people because of some aspect of who they are, most typically because they are from an ethnic minority or visible religious minority, or because of their sexuality.

Hate crime covers a wide range of behaviour, for example verbal abuse, racist or homophobic graffiti or physical assault. A crime can be classed as a hate crime if the victim or witness see it as being so.

If you are the victim of what you think is a hate crime, it is not your fault. You have the right to live your life free from abuse and violence, whoever you are. You do not have to live with hate crime.

Police are trained to deal with hate crime with sensitivity and tact. They will not treat you differently because you are from an ethnic or religious minority, or because of your sexuality.

How to report it?

The self-reporting system allows you as the victim, witness, parent, carer or any concerned person to report an incident to the police by giving us as little or as much personal information as you wish.

Your report will:

Enable the police and partnership agencies to build up patterns of behaviour, highlight areas of concern and provide us with a 'True Vision' of what is happening.

Without your details: The report will be used for monitoring purposes to get a true vision of what is happening.

With your details: The incident can be investigated fully and you can get the service you deserve and the support you need.

If I give my details, will the police contact me?

Only if you want us to. You choose the preferred method, e.g. by mobile phone or at another address, we will be happy to make alternative arrangements, only if you want us to.

What happens if I agree for my details to be passed to a multi agency partnership?

With your permission the information you provide may be used when working with other agencies, such as the council or housing to prevent this type of incident happening again.

Support Services

Victim Support, 0808 1689 111,

Support Line, 01708 765200,

LGBT Support Services:

Galop, 020 7704 2040,

Stonewall, 08000 50 20 20

Transgender Support Services:

The Gender Trust, 0845 231 0505,

Disability Support Services:

Mencap, 020 7454 0454,

MIND, 0845 766 0163,

Leonard CHESHIRE, 020 3242 0200,

​​​​In the event of an emergency or a crime being committed always dial 999.