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We're the government department responsible for reducing and preventing crime.

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Policing the Football World Cup

The UK leads the world in preventing football-related violence and disorder (an increasingly global phenomenon) and our police and courts are equipped with a comprehensive range of powers to exclude troublemakers and allow fans to enjoy their football in safe and secure stadiums.

Read more about what we've done to prepare for the World Cup

Archived content

If you are looking for information held on the 'Crime and victims' site prior to 7 May 2010, you can now find it on the archived version of the Home Office website (new window) kept by The National Archives.

Or similarly, if you are looking for information held on the 'Crime reduction' site, you can now find it on the archived version of the Crime Reduction website (new window).

Reporting crime

In an emergency, or if you are facing immediate threat, dial 999 and ask for the police. Your call will be redirected to your local force.

If you want to report a crime anonymously, visit the Crimestoppers website (new window).
You can see more information about reporting crime (new window) on the Directgov website.

Preventing crime

To find out what you can do to help prevent crime, go to the crime prevention section (new window) of Directgov which includes information on:

  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • women's safety
  • community justice
  • advice on how you can help put a stop to crime

Help for victims

Directgov also has useful facts on the different types of crime (new window) and suggestions on how you can avoid becoming a victim.

If you would like to access the information and resources previously found on the crime reduction website, please use the archived version of the site (new window)

If you would like details on crime statistics in England and Wales, please go to the Home Office's archived research, development and statistics section (new window).

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