• 999 if any crime is happening now, the suspect is nearby or anyone is hurt or in danger (then press 55 if it’s not safe to talk)
  • 101 @MetCC (via Twitter), www.met.police.uk other crime, anti-social behaviour Include: time, date, location, description, vehicle registration number
  • On trains and tube: British Transport Police 0800 40 50 40, text (SMS) 61016
  • Anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321 for radicalisation or suspicious actions (behaviour changes, using other names, unexplained travel)
  • Hate crime: True Vision www.report-it.org.uk (can be anonymous)


  • Crimestoppers (a charity) 0800 555 111 Anonymous reporting
    • It will not ask for your name or address. It cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use.
    • Dial 141 first to hide your number. Calls do not show on BT or cable bills but may show on internet call history and mobile itemised bills. – Calls are free. It can provide translation.
    • Anonymous online at: www.crimestoppers-uk.org and Fearless www.fearless.org for young people

Make sure you report everything, serious or minor

  • Nothing is too trivial
  • If you don’t report it, nothing can be done about it
  • Police need information so they can link it to other incidents
  • If similar cases are reported, police can target resources or request more
  • If you see it, report it. CCTV for the time and location might be available
  • Report anti-social behaviour to the council or police, including drug dealing, substance misuse, street drinking, disorderly behaviour and intimidation

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse takes many forms. If it is not reported early, it often gets worse. It takes place between people who have a relationship now or had one in the past. It can happen between partners or family members.

Examples are:

  • Physical: slap, push, punch, pinch, kick, pulling hair, throwing things at them
  • Emotional: making someone afraid, cutting them off from friends and family, criticising how they look, blaming them, verbal abuse, threats, insults
  • Sexual: forcing someone to have sex (rape), saying they are no good at sex
  • Financial: stopping someone working, keeping money, checking spending

The National DA Helpline gives confidential support, advice and information for people experiencing domestic abuse. Family or friends can call on their behalf. To reduce risk to victims, RISE Mutual provides support for those who wish to cease abuse www.risemutual.org / Email:  [email protected]

Hate crime

Hate crime can involve offensive language, violence or harassment used against someone because of a perceived difference, such as race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. It can take many forms, including pushing, name calling, spitting or making threats.

You can report:

  • crime against you
  • on behalf of someone else
  • anything you see happening to someone

Report crime on public transport quickly and be specific about where it is. On the tube and trains, it can be followed up by British Transport Police who patrol them. Buses, trains and stations have many cameras that can help to identify criminals.

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Content compiled and provided by Brent Safer Neighbourhood Board. Brent Safer Neighbourhood Board represents community groups and is funded by the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime to help establish police priorities, monitor police performance and support local people to make their communities safer.