Report a Crime
Report a Crime
In order for us to review the success of online crime reporting, please complete our short feedback form after you've submitted your report (it can be found at the end of this page).
Before you start your online report make sure you have (if available):
- the date and time of the crime/incident
- details of any stolen or damaged items (ie IMEI number for your mobile, vehicle registration)
- the contact details of any witnesses
- information about any evidence that could help an investigation
It isn't possible to upload attachments at the moment, this functionality will be introduced later. There are separate sections within the form for you to add the different information required at this stage.
Once submitted, you'll receive a reference number and a copy of your report (if selected).
CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online.
We are here to help and give you advice, and you can make a report directly to us if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online. We take all reports seriously and we will do everything we can to keep you safe.
As well as making a report to us, the CEOP Thinkuknow website has information and advice to help you if something has happened to you online.
If you are in immediate danger please call the police on 999 straight away. Please also tell an adult you trust who will be able to help you.
If you're being bullied and would like to talk to someone in confidence right now you can speak to Childline on 0800 1111 or talk to them online - no worry is too big or too small. Please also tell an adult that you trust, like a parent/carer or teacher.
Guide to Protecting Children Online (for Parents)
The online reporting facility has been developed so that you can report hate crimes online, if you do not want to report directly to the police. The police take hate crime very seriously and will record and investigate this offence even if you do not want to give your details. However, you must note that the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s) is severely limited if the police cannot contact you.
You may also specify how you want to be contacted and if contacting you would cause you any difficulties. The police will not pass on your details without your consent and would ask you to consider giving your details confidentially.
To report a hate crime - please select the county/area where the crime happened from the drop down list below and you will be taken to the correct reporting form. You can use the postcode search at www.police.uk to check the name of your local area.
When not to use this form
Your online report will be forwarded immediately to the relevant police force for investigation but it may not receive attention for several hours. For this reason you should never report online an incident where:
- The offender is still present
- You or anyone else is seriously hurt or in danger
- You think the offender may return
- In the above circumstances, we would urge you to call 999 and the police will respond immediately.