Hate crime involves any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic. The definition covers five main strands, in particular - disability, gender-identity, race, religion or faith and sexual orientation.
Legislation has been in place for a number of years to protect victims from such hate crimes, including offences for those who intend to stir up racial hatred, and those who commit racially and religiously aggravated offences or engage in racist chanting at football matches. New criminal offences have also been introduced in recent years to reflect the seriousness of hate crime, including enhanced sentencing.
Hate crime can include for example:
- verbal abuse
- physical attack
- offensive literature
- damage to property
More information on Hate crime can be found on the Home Office website (external link).
Who makes the report?
You or the victim, but the Anti-Social behaviour Action Team (ASBAT) will contact the victim so you need their details and consent.
How do you make the report?
- Call the ASB reporting line on 020 8489 1335
What information is needed?
Name of victim/reporter eg Mr Adam Smith, address - including post code, daytime telephone number / email address, brief description of people, location and what was done/said.
If you have been a victim or witness of hate crime the list of support services in the attached files and external links sections below may be able to provide assistance to you, or refer you to a more appropriate organisation.
How to report Graffiti (offensive)
To report graffiti (offensive), you need to register or log in to My Account and then select ‘Add a Report’, select the location of the problem and then select the correct category from the drop down menu.
In an emergency always dial 999. For a non-emergency ring 101 where a report will be taken and allocated to the appropriate borough / area who will make contact with you.
You can also report non-urgent crimes via the Met's online crime reporting facility.
For more details on hate crime and useful contact numbers, log onto the Metropolitan Police website (see external links section below).
The Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Action Team page has advice and information on how to report anti-social behaviour.
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