Have you ever suffered a hate crime because of your sexual orientation, a disability, religion, transgender or race? Cambridgeshire Police urge you to report it
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Victims and witnesses of hate crime are being urged to come forward and report incidents.
Police are tackling the problem as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate.
The majority of hate crime comes in five categories of race, sexual orientation, religion, transgender or disability.
Detective Inspector Lindsay Harbour said: “We want to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage people to report incidents.
“More often than not, those that are affected by hate crime are too frightened or intimidated to come forward, or do not recognise that they are victims.
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“By raising awareness, we hope to encourage victims, family members, carers and the public to spot the signs and inform the police or partners.
“Hate crime remains under reported, and the only way we can change this is by informing people what hate crime is, reassuring victims that this form of offending will not be tolerated and that help is available.
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“Hate can take many forms and may those affected may experience anything from neighbour disputes and name calling, to arson or assault.
“We encourage victims and witnesses of hate crime to report incidents to the police without fear - you will be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity.”
Nationally it is recognised that hate crime is under reported.
Sir Graham Bright, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire said: “It is important that victims of hate crime have the courage to come forward and report offences. I am committed to ensuring this crime is taken seriously and responded to.”
People can report hate crimes by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency, or via the Cambridgeshire Constabulary website.
Alternatively, if people would prefer not to go directly to the police, they can report incidents online via the third party reporting tool True Vision. This can be accessed via www.report-it.org.uk/.