When you call the Police you have a couple of things to think about.
- Is it an emergency? If so, dial 999
- If it's not an emergency.....dial 101
- if there is a threat to life - including a road traffic accident (RTC) where someone is hurt, the road is blocked or a vehicle involved in the accident hasn't stopped;
- if someone is about to get violent, either to another person or to property;
- a serious offence or crime is happening;
- a suspect is still at the scene of a crime or any delay in telling the Police would stop them from being caught;
- if there is a serious disturbance taking place, or is about to take place
Dialling 999 is free of charge.
Call 101 (the non-emergency number)
- if you are reporting a non-urgent incident, i.e. the crime is not currently taking place;
- if there is a road traffic accident and there is no injuries, the road is not blocked and everyone involved is still at the scene;
- if you wish to contact an Officer to ask for a home visit;
- if you need to ask for advice or give general information;
- for lost and found information
You can, of course, also visit your local Police Station to report incidents - here's a memory aid to download
Call 0800 555 111
You can also call Crimestoppers to give information but you don't have to give them your name and address if you don't want to.
- You won't be asked for, or have to give, your name;
- You won't have to make a Police statement;
- You won't have to go to court;
- Your call won't be recorded;
- Your call can't be traced.