It is important that you report any instances of crime, no matter how trivial they may seem. Doing so will help keep you and your community safer.
Which number should I call?
If you are in doubt as to which number to call to report a crime, this page explains what you should do.
When to dial 999
- when there is a threat to life (including road traffic accidents where persons are injured, the road is blocked or a vehicle involved in the accident has failed to stop)
- when violence to a person or damage to property is imminent
- if a serious offence is actually in progress
- if a suspected offender is still at the scene of a crime
- when any delay in reporting the incident may prevent the offender being apprehended
- when serious disruption to the public is currently taking place or, is likely to take place
When to call 101
The 101 number is South Yorkshire Police's non-emergency number. It should be used:
- to report a crime not currently taking place and no offender is present
- for road traffic accidents where there are no injuries, the highway is not blocked and all parties involved are still at the scene
- where the call is of a routine nature or to make an appointment to attend an enquiry office
- for requests for advice or to give information
- for lost and found property enquiries
You can also call us on 01302 736000 to report minor incidents.
You can also report a crime anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111
Report an incident through South Yorkshire Police online services
As an alternative to 101, you can now also report your non-emergency incident online through South Yorkshire Police online services
No matter how trivial you think an incident may be, report it. Some reports may not result in a visit by a police officer, but when looked at along with other reports from the same area, a picture may emerge that enables the police to respond more effectively than to individual incidents.