Reporting a crime  ( Basic information)

All reports of incidents, whether from victims, witnesses or third parties and whether crime related or not, should, unless immediately recorded as a crime, result in the registration of an auditable incident report by the police.


A crime should recorded at the time that the report is made to the police and is not within 24 hours at the latest 

An incident will be recorded as a crime (notifiable offence) for ‘victim related offences’ if, on the balance of probability:

(a) the circumstances of the victims report amount to a crime defined by law (the police will

determine this, based on their knowledge of the law and counting rules); and

(b) there is no credible evidence to the contrary immediately available

A belief by the victim, or person reasonably assumed to be acting on behalf of the victim, that a crime has occurred is usually sufficient to justify its recording.


How do I know if my allegation of crime has been recorded?

You may have been given an incident number for when you first called 101 this is not a crime refence number nor an indication that your crime has been officially recorded.


The victim's code tells you what your rights are when you report a crime, you should receive a letter saying your crime has been recorded, what type of crime is being investigated, details of the investigating officer and details for support. If you have not received this information you may need to check with the police the whether or not your crime has been recorded and is being investigated.


If the police fail to record your crime they may be breaching their code of ethics


Policing Values: The College of Policing’s “Code of Ethics” set out nine explicit values that are intended to ensure standards of professional behaviour for both police officers and police staff: Accountability • Integrity • Openness • Fairness • Leadership • Respect • Honesty • Objectivity • Selflessness


These values underpin all policing functions and in respect of personal conduct require all persons working for the police service to “behave in a manner, whether on or off duty, which does not bring discredit on the police service or undermine public confidence in policing” (See Standard 9 – Conduct).


The Code explicitly states that complying with the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS), which is central to the Home Office Counting Rules for Recorded Crime (HOCR), is an example of meeting the standards.

We are here to empower you with some knowledge to help you help yourself, if you have raised any

issues with the police directly and having difficulty or feel that you are unable to do so personally, then

by all means drop us a line and we will do our best to help.


Useful links

The following links are to documents which explain your rights in more detail.


Home Office Counting Rules and National Crime Recording Standard


Code of practice for victims of crime



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