Reporting a crime

Information on ways of reporting crimes, what to do if you are suffering from harassment, what hate crime is, ideas for community payback, problems with a ten-foot or alley, and how your area is policed.

How do I report a crime?

Reporting a crime

Did you know that there is a range of crimes that you can report online such as hate crimes and non-injury road traffic collisions?

Further information on how to report a crime, including who to report it to can be found on:

Humberside Police Report It (external website)

Who can I contact if I have concerns over illegal immigration?

Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can report it at Report immigration crime (external website) or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

I am suffering from harassment, where can I get advice and support?

Discrimination consists of conduct or words or practices which disadvantages or advantages people because of their:

  • colour
  • culture or ethnic origin
  • nationality
  • religious belief
  • gender
  • disability
  • sexuality
  • age
  • geographical location or another status, and harassment and bullying are also unacceptable.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council's definition of discrimination includes direct and indirect forms of discrimination.

Direct discrimination occurs when a person is treated less favourably or more favourably than others would be, on grounds that are not justifiable, such as race, gender, disability or another status.

Indirect discrimination consists of treatment that appears to be fair and is applied to everybody equally but has an unjustifiable adverse impact upon a particular group.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council's policy statement on discrimination is:

"The East Riding of Yorkshire Council is committed to fulfilling its roles as an employer, service provider, purchaser of goods or services and community leader without discrimination in terms of colour, culture or ethnic origin, nationality, religious belief, gender, disability, age, sexuality, geographical location or any other status. All members, employees and agents of the council must seek to eliminate discrimination and promote equality and good relations within all communities."

Any discriminatory incident reported to the council is treated seriously. The council is not required to publish details of incidents, so there will never be a breach of confidentiality in relation to any of this information. 

What is a hate crime and how do I report it?

Hate crimes/hate incidents can take place anywhere - at home, in the streets, at work, online or at school. No-one should have to live with the fear, anxiety and consequences of hate. A hate incident/crime is when a person is targeted because of who they are. Any crimes, physical or verbal attacks committed against someone because of their disability, gender identity, race, religion, beliefs or sexual orientation are hate crimes and should be reported.

Reporting it when it happens means the Police can investigate it, and it may prevent similar incidents happening to someone else. It will also help us understand the extent of hate crime across local communities, so we can respond better at a local level.

Reporting a hate crime

If you have experienced, witnessed or been told about a hate incident, no matter how small (even if you don’t require any action to be taken), please use the Police online reporting form available via the website below. A full list of the reporting centres is also available via the following link: 

Humberside Police - Reporting Hate Crime (external website)

Alternatively, you can telephone 101 or if it's an emergency dial 999.

Hate Crimes can also be reported to Third Party Reporting Centres which are independent of the Police and reports can be passed onto the Police either anonymously or with full details as you prefer. Staff can also offer help and advice and signpost you to other services as necessary.

Hate Crime, So Do We - Leaflet (pdf 914kb)

Who do I contact if I have an idea for community payback?

Following discussions with the Humberside, Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company due to COVID-19, projects are currently not taking place. 

Community payback background information

In the Humberside area, over 160,000 hours of community, payback is completed every year by offenders on a community sentence. This equates to approximately £800,000 of free labour provided to local communities as offenders pay back for the crimes they have committed.

Community payback projects range from litter removal to clearing dense undergrowth, and environmental projects through repairing and redecorating community centres or removing graffiti. Offenders usually work as part of a team, monitored by a supervisor, and will work all day with short breaks, although there are some opportunities for individual placements.

The Humberside, Lincolnshire, and North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company Ltd are working closely with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to make sure that offenders do the things that you want them to do as payback for their offending. We are seeking your ideas for projects to be delivered throughout the East Riding in the future.

To be considered, your project must meet the following criteria:

  • It must benefit the local community
  • No one must make a profit from the work
  • It must be challenging and demanding
  • It must be worthwhile and constructive
  • Offenders must be seen to be putting something back into the community.

Anyone can nominate a project, so, if you are an individual, member of a club, community group, faith group or voluntary organisation and have a project that fits the criteria above, please complete the form on this site. Your contact details will remain strictly confidential and they will only be used to update you on your suggestions.

The link below will take you to Humberside, Lincolnshire, and North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company Ltd:

Humberside, Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company Ltd (external website)


The Humberside, Lincolnshire, and North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company Ltd are working closely with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to make sure that offenders do the things that you want them to do as payback for their offending. Offenders doing community payback in the East Riding complete over 100 projects each year, including painting, garden clearance, litter picking, clearing grass growing into footpaths and snow clearance.

If you have an idea for a project in the future anywhere in the East Riding you can:

Submit a community payback future project idea online (external website)

If you would like further information please contact the safe communities team at:

Email: safe.communities@eastriding.gcsx.gov.uk

How is my area policed?

Find out how Humberside Police look after your area on the Humberside Police website:

Humberside Police (external website)

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