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Crime Prevention

Quick Guide to Reporting Crime

Police Emergency

Only call 999 if:

  • A crime is happening now (or just happened)
  • You have immediate concerns for someone’s safety
  • You see a traffic collision involving injury or danger to other road users.
  • You see something suspicious that needs immediate attention

Not an emergency

Call 101 to report:

  • crimes that are not in progress
  • Suspicious people or vehicles
  • Non urgent information
  • Criminal damage / theft / theft from a vehicle (this can also be reported on-line at )       

For general information and advice go to

Use Crimestoppers if you don’t want to talk to the police. You can report any crime or suspicion without giving your name by calling:   0800 555 111

This is not an emergency service – for a crime in progress - call 999

Fraud, Scams & Cyber crime

  • If you are a victim of fraud involving credit/debit cards, cheques or on-line banking – immediately notify your bank.
  • If you have lost money to a fraud or cyber-crime

Go to or 0300 123 2040 and get a crime number.

  • Report attempted fraud or cyber-crime giving phone numbers and other details to ActionFraud 
  • Help disrupt fraudsters by reporting scam e-mails to Action Fraud.
  • Doorstep crime/cold callers - get advice from Trading Standards Quick Response Team by calling (Mon-Fri 9 am to 5 pm)  01962 833666.

For all other hours contact 101 (or 999 if you feel threatened).

Report online

  • Criminal damage / theft / theft from a vehicle :

You can report these crimes online at

  • Fraud, attempted fraud and scam e-mails :

You can report online at


70+ Common Scams and ways to avoid them can be found by using this link

Sixty and Me have published a guide detailing the common scams targeting older adults which includes a video from their founder Margaret Manning -

It's a deep dive into 10+ common scams including ways to avoid them which, hopefully, will prove useful as it is clear elder fraud is going vastly under-reported.