A hate crime is a criminal offence which has been perceived by the victim as having been motivated by some form of prejudice or hate.
Hate crimes and incidents can be motivated by prejudice about:
Crimes that are often committed as hate crimes are:
Reporting hate incidents and hate crimes provides valuable information to the police. You may have information that can lead to the identification, arrest and prosecution of an offender. Even if the incident is minor, it may indicate a pattern.
If you feel that you are being stalked, the police would prefer to speak to you on the phone (on 101) or in person. However, if contacting them online is the safest way for you to get in touch, you can complete the secure online reporting form.