What is a Hate Crime?
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- transgender identity
We actively monitor hate crimes and incidents reported to us against people where lifestyle is seen as a factor.
A hate crime can be committed against a person or property. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.
What is a Hate Incident?
Hate incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tension in a community. For this reason the police are concerned about incidents and encourage you to report them. The police can only prosecute when the law is broken but we can work with partners to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness. We understand that most victims of hate crimes and incidents simply want it to stop. ALL hate crimes are hate incidents BUT NOT all hate incidents amount to a crime.
Hate crime in any form is wrong! By reporting hate crime when it happens, you can help stop it happening to someone else. Sometimes the incident might seem too minor to bother the police with but reporting it makes a difference – to you, your friends, and your community. We know that more hate crime is taking place than reports tell us. Reporting hate crime helps the police to better understand the level of hate crime in your local area, and improve the way we respond to it. Reporting makes a difference.
How Can I Report a Hate Crime or Hate Incident
If you have witnessed or been a victim of hate crime you must report it. This can be done in a number of ways:
- In an emergency always ring 999
- For non-emergencies ring 101
- Report anonymously online via True Vision, at one of our Third Party Reporting Centres, or to Lancs Police online.
If you do not want to talk to the police or fill in the reporting forms, you can still report a hate crime by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. You do not have to give your name and what you say is confidential. It's free to call Crimestoppers.
You can give us as little or as much personal information as you wish. But please note:
- With your details... the incident can be investigated fully and you can get the service you deserve and the support you need.
- Without your details... the report will be used for monitoring purposes to get a true vision of what is happening.