A crime is a deliberate act that causes physical or psychological harm, damage to or loss of property and is against the law.
There are lots of different types of crime (some are expanded on more in their own sections on this site):
- Anti Social Behaviour: Anti social behaviour is behaviour that causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to a person outside their household.
- Burglary: A burglary is when someone breaks into a building with the intention of stealing, hurting someone or committing unlawful damage
- Child Sexual Exploitation: Child sexual exploitation is a form of child abuse in which the victim is often given something in exchange for sexual activity with the abuser.
- Cyber Crime: Cyber crime is a variety of different crimes that are carried out online
- Domestic Abuse: Domestic abuse refers to threats, violence or abuse between people who have a relationship with each other, have had in the past or are family members.
- Fraud: Fraud is when someone steals property, goods or money by tricking or trying to trick you.
- Hate Crime: A hate crime occurs when a person is targeted because of hostility or prejudice towards their disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Modern Slavery: Modern Slavery is where victims are forced, threatened or tricked into circumstances where they have to work, commit crimes or prostitute themselves.
- Murder or Manslaughter: Both are unlawful killings of another human, with murder having the intent to seriously harm or kill.
- Sexual Assault: Sexual assault is an act of physical, psychological or emotional violation in the form of a sexual act, inflicted on someone without their consent.
- Robbery: A robbery is when someone takes something from you with violence or threats.
- Stalking: Stalking is behaviour that is persistent, unwanted and causes fear, distress or anxiety.
- Terrorism: Terrorism is an act of an individual or a group who encourages or glorifies violence in the name of politics or religion.
You can find more information under our Frequently Asked Questions.
Regardless of what 'type' of crime you have experienced, there is support out there for you whether you choose to report to the Police or not. You can see some of these to the right of this page or you can use the search bar at the top.