Reporting crime is very important, not only for your own safety but for others as well, it helps the police deal with problems in the local community making the area safer for everyone. The police can also look for patterns in the crimes being committed and then allocate the relevant resources to prevent a repeat situation.
If you do fall victim to crime, report it to the police as soon as possible on the number below. Get in contact with the Students’ Union so we are aware of the incident and can help warn other students, then finally inform your Insurance Company so that you can start getting back to normal sooner rather than later! (If you don’t have an insurance policy, we recommend getting one, contact Endsleigh Insurance, www.endsleigh.co.uk.
Who to call and when!
Only use this service to contact the police in real emergency situations where the crime is happening now or if anyone including you are in immediate danger. The 999 system handles all emergency services including fire brigade and ambulance service not just the police, so try to be clear about which service you need. Be prepared to give a description of exactly what has happened. The police may want to collect evidence to help with the investigation. This may include fingerprints, photographs or clothing that may contain evidence.
If you want to contact the police for any other reason, e.g. to report a crime which has already happened, or if you have lost or found anything, go to your nearest police station or call the non-emergency number. By not using 999 for non-urgent calls, you’re making sure people in genuine emergency situations are able to contact the police quickly and more efficiently. Non-emergency incidents include stolen property, vandalism, graffiti, abandoned cars and other anti-social behaviour.
You will be given a crime number to refer to if you want to contact the police about the same incident in the future, or when making an insurance claim. A statement may be required in order to support and clarify what has happened. After writing the statement, the police officer will read it back to you and ask for a signature affirming the statement’s accuracy and completeness. The police may want to collect some evidence to help with their investigation; this may include fingerprints, photographs and anything else that may see fit for the case. They understand that this may be a distressing experience so they’ll be as sensitive as possible.
Support for Students
Individuals may be nervous for a variety of reasons to report a crime or to provide a statement to the Police. If it might help to receive support to get you through the process then please contact your Students’ Union or your institution’s security service.