Report a Hate Crime

On 14 July 2016 a motion was passed at Full Council to ensure that local bodies and programmes have the support and resources they need to fight and prevent hate crimes and to publicly condemn racism and xenophobia.

As part of the Councils zero-tolerance approach to hate crime, and to coincide with this motion, North Hertfordshire District Council became a third party reporting centre in October 2016.

A third party reporting centre is a safe place where victims and witnesses to a hate crime, or incident, can safely and confidently make a report without going directly to the police.

A number of staff members within the Customer Services Team and Community Safety Team have been trained as ‘Designated Hate Crime Officers’ (DHCO), and will be on hand to assist any member of the public wishing to make a report of hate crime through the council.

Hate Incidents

A hate incident can be reported as a non-crime incident. This is any incident, which is not a crime but is perceived by the victim, or any other person as being motivated (wholly or partly) by prejudice towards:

  • Disability
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Transgender identity

Hate Crime

A hate crime is any incident which constitutes a criminal offence that is perceived by the victim, or any other person to be prejudice towards:

  • Disability
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Transgender identity

Hate crime victims may experience:

  • Physical assault
  • People swearing or making abusive remarks

  • Spitting or insulting gestures

  • People doing things that frighten, intimidate or cause distress

  • Bullying at school, college or place of work

  • Arson

  • Having property stolen or damaged

  • Disputes with neighbours

If you want to report any of the above, or would like further information, please call the Customer Service Centre on 01462 474000 between Monday to Friday, 9am and 5pm.

For further information please visit the Report It website.