Communities and safety

Report a crime

Whether you have witnessed a crime or are a victim of crime you should report it. Please note that you should only call 999 in an emergency.

Are you a victim or witness to a crime?

Merseyside Police has a new, easy to remember number to call for non-emergencies. When it is less urgent than 999, you should call 101, otherwise contact Merseyside Police on 709 6010.

Report a crime anonymously

If you have information about a crime or want to report it anonymously, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or submit details online.  Visit the Crimestoppers website to find out more.

Sexual assault or rape

How to report it

In an emergency, dial 999

Police and ambulance workers will deal with you in confidence and with compassion.

You can also contact Merseyside Police by ringing 101 or 0151 709 6010.

The Crown Prosecution Service offers information on the legal definitions of rape and sexual assault.

Where to get support

SAFE Place Merseyside provides medical and practical support to both males and females who have been raped or sexually assaulted. They can be contacted on 0151 295 3550.

Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre for Liverpool-Sefton-Wirral can be contacted on 0151 666 1392 and also offer support and practical help.

Support and advice for victims of crime

Hate crime

If you have been a victim of hate crime because of your race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability, contact your local neighbourhood police team on telephone number 101 which is Merseyside Police’s new contact number or Liverpool City Council on 0151 233 3001.

Hate incidents in Liverpool are predominantly reported to the police; however you can also report them to the council and via a network of hate incident reporting centres and key partners operating across Merseyside. Third party reporting centres or support agencies include:

  • Hate Crime Strategy 2020-2023

    Download this document: Hate Crime Strategy 2020-2023 (PDF: 225 KB)

    This strategy sets out Liverpool's response to hate crime - a collective vision for the city based on consultation with service users, partner organisations and informed by research.

    First published: 26/05/2021

Victim Support

Victim Support gives free and confidential help to victims of crime, domestic violence, witnesses, their family and friends. You don’t have to report a crime to the Police to get help from Victim Support. Visit the national Victim Support website or call the Merseyside office on 0151 343 4025.