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How to make a police report for threats

Updated April 12, 2017

If you have been threatened, verbally or physically, you should report the incident to the police. If you are in danger of imminent harm, call 999 immediately. If you have been threatened but are at no immediate risk, you can call the non-emergency number for your local police force to report the threat, or go to the police station to report the incident in person.

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  1. Call the police if you are being threatened. If the risk of harm is immediate, call the 999 emergency services number.

  2. Call the 101 non-emergency police number or your local neighbourhood policing team if the threats are not imminent. Report the incident as soon as possible after you have received a threat.

  3. Write down the name and any contact or identifying information about the person who has threatened you and the exact nature of the threat. If it is a stranger, write down as many details as you can remember to help the police identify whoever is threatening you. When you make the report, either in person or on the phone, provide as much detailed information as you can, including the nature of the threats, the date and time they happened and any identifying information about the person making the threats.

  4. Provide any physical evidence that you might have such as a recording on an answering machine or voicemail, phone or mobile phone records, emails and name and contact information of anybody who witnessed the threats. Make a copy of any documents you provide to the police in case the police request the originals.

  5. Ask for your crime number and a copy of the police report of the threats. You may want to discuss with the police (and a solicitor) whether it would be appropriate to seek a restraining order so that the person who threatened you is legally barred from contacting you again.

  6. Tip

    Tell your family and close friends about the threats so that they can help ensure your safety.

    Stay as calm as possible when you are reporting the threat.

    Write down as many details as possible as soon as you have been threatened, because you may forget them later due to the stress of the threat.

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About the Author

Rita Radostitz

Rita Radostitz lives in Eugene, Oregon. She has written about human rights, health & fitness and interesting people for years. Her articles have appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Oregon Quarterly and on various websites. Radostitz holds a Masters of Science in journalism with distinction from the University of Oregon and a law degree cum laude from Villanova University.

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