REPORTING HATE CRIMES TO POLICE
There are a number of ways you can report hate crime to Police, whether you have been a victim, a witness, or you are reporting on behalf of someone else:-
1) In an emergency, when/if there is an immediate threat to one’s life, health and property, immediately call 999 or 112.
2) Contact the police in person – Who you can speak to in-confidence. You do not have to give your personal details, but please be aware the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s) is severely limited if the police cannot contact you. Contact your local police by visiting your local police station or by calling 101.
3) Self Evident app – The Self Evident app is a free app which easily reports any crime to the Met Police. Search “Self Evident” on Apple or Google app stores. The app can: –
• Capture evidence – show what happened with photo & video,
• Record a statement – describe the incident in your own words and
• Save & send reports you choose – to the police or specialist support.
4) On-line Reporting – You can report online using website:-
5) In addition to police and other specific organisations dealing with Muslim hate crime reporting (detailed further below), there are other organisations who also have hate reporting centres such as – ‘Citizens Advice Bureau’, ‘Stop Hate UK’ etc Further details can be found on the Government website https://www.gov.uk/report-hate-crime
When you have reported a crime you will be given a crime reference number, please make a note of the number so you can follow up progress of your report. Further details of your rights can be found on the Government website https://www.gov.uk/your-rights-after-crime
Hate crimes of all forms hurt and can be a frightening experience. By reporting all incidents to the police when they happen, the police will be able to investigate the crime quickly and bring the offender to justice. Reporting also helps police in understanding the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.
REPORTING HATE CRIMES TO UK ORGANISATIONS
In addition to reporting directly to Police, there are a number of UK based organisations that have a dedicated resource to help in the reporting of an Islamaphobic / Muslim hate attack. They all broadly report and support victims. When an Islamaphobic or Muslim hate crime occurs, please first report the incident to Police as detailed above and also report the incident to any one of the organisations listed below :-
• Report via MEND Islamaphobia Response Unit (IRU) – https://mend.org.uk/report-islamophobia/report-an-incident/. An example of a recent local case in Hackney assisted by the IRU can be viewed HERE
• Report via Muslim Council of Britian (MCB) – http://www.mcb.org.uk/reporting-form/ (Note: The MCB has since ceased this service)
• (Please read the ‘Note’ below) Report via TellMaMa – https://tellmamauk.org/submit-a-report-to-us/
NOTE: The directory recommends either reporting to MEND’s Islamaphobia Response Unit or the MCB reporting process. Within the grassroots of the Muslim community there is little support and barely any confidence for TellMaMa. We have listed TellMaMa purely for information as it is an organisation that describes itself as reporting anti-Muslim hate crime. Based on a random survey of 70 people on 26th March 2018: In reporting Islamphobia / anti-Muslim hate crime; 54 respondees preferred to report to MEND, 10 respondees to the MCB and 6 to TellMaMa.
REPORTED ISLAMAPHOBIC/MUSLIM HATE CRIME IN HACKNEY
Below are details of the number of reported Islamaphobic/Muslim hate crimes in Hackney over the past four years . The figures have been provided by the Metropolitan Police under a FOI request in July 2020. Hate crime stats are also available from the hate crime dashboard of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) :
In 2019 – 45 incidents
In 2018 – 38 incidents.
In 2017 – 73 incidents.
In 2016 – 44 incidents.
Please note these are reported Islamaphobic / Muslim hate crimes only, as such the actual number will most likely be higher. Hence the importance and need to report as many as possible through the Police and other UK organisations.