If you observe or witness a crime been committed.
It is imperative you try to document as much accurate information as possible at the actual time or as near as to afterwards.
In doing so, your own personal safety should always be the primary concern...
Never do anything that compromises you!
Never act in a manner that in dangers or places you or others at risk of harm!
From a safe distance try your best to obtain as much accurate information relating to the actual crime been committed...
Type of Crime... i.e. Anti-Social Behaviour, Burglary, Street Robbery, Vehicle Theft, Vandalism so forth...
Person(s) involved OR Vehicle(s) involved.
Estimated Age Group.
Tattoos, Facial Scar, Earring.
Colour, Make & Model. Any noticeable damage i.e. Broken Left Mirror, Dent on Passenger Side so forth...
Door No, Address, Postal Code, Any Landmarks or Buildings near by (this information would assist police to respond quicker).
Should you have a modern phone with photo and video facilities you could try using it.
Remember though, most phones when taking photos and video will automatically use a flash to produce adequate lighting. Therefore, do not use if it makes you more identifiable and compromises you.
In events where a crime is currently been committed and requires an immediate police response... Dial 999.
In events where a crime has already taking place and therefore is classed as less urgent for police response...
Dial 101 (The Non-Emergency Number)
Calls to 101 from landlines and mobiles cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call or how long your call lasts.
Deaf or Hard of Hearing people using a Textphone (minicom) should dial 18000 in an emergency.
Alternatively, if you are deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired, why not register with Emergency SMS Text Service.
The Emergency SMS Service lets people in the UK send an SMS text message to the UK 999 service where it will be passed to the police, ambulance, fire rescue, or coastguard.
At your Local Police Station...
In non-emergency situation you may decide to report a crime or incident using The Front Counter Service.
Front Counters are often busy from lunchtime and towards early evening.
You may find it more convenient to attend outside these times.
Please be advised...
Due to recent revisions to the operations of police stations. Some use appointment only systems or are only opened at specified times. Please check before you decide to visit.
You can also report a non-emergency crime or incident using the internet.
Please follow this link...
If you know of any criminal activity and, wish to provide the police with information.
Please Call... In Confidence...
CRIMESTOPPERS... O800 555 111
You do not have to provide your details when calling and can remain anonymous.