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Hate crime and hate incidents

In an emergency call 999 and follow the ‘Run, hide, tell’ advice.  If the crime isn’t an emergency, call 101 or contact your local neighbourhood police.

Unfortunately there has been a rise in COVID-19 related hate crime. No one is responsible for the outbreak. True Vision have published a statement on hate crime including information videos in different languages. Visit the True Vision website.

What is hate crime?Hate crime is any criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone due to:

  • race or perceived race
  • religion or perceived religion
  • transgender identity or perceived transgender identity
  • sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation
  • disability or perceived disability

Hate crimes can take many forms including physical assault, verbal abuse, harassment and damage to property.

Hate crimes are criminal offences and should be reported to the police. In some cases victims of hate Crime do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the police and may be more comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar with, in a location that is known to them.

Camden is No Place for Hate where no one should experience isolation, segregation, marginalisation, harmful practices, intolerance, hate the denial of rights, prejudice, violence or terrorism.

Hate incidents

A hate incident is any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice towards them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender.

Not all hate incidents will amount to criminal offences, but it is equally important that these are reported and recorded by the police.

A hate incident can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault and bullying, as well as damage to property.


There is no legal definition of hostility so we use the everyday understanding of the word which includes ill-will, spite, contempt, prejudice, unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment and dislike.

Camden Council community safety

 Camden Council takes a partnership approach to tackling hate crime in a way that enables strong, integrated communities that are resilient to extremism, hate crime and terrorist influences.

For further information about hate crime or hate incident, and how to report, it visit the Camden Council website

Telephone: 020 7974 2915 (9am to 5pm, Mon- Fri)



Reporting hate crime

By reporting hate crimes when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to others. You will also help us and the police to understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so we can respond to it better.

You can report hate crime online - 


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