If you have been a victim of crime, don’t suffer in silence. Even if you do not want to report the crime to the police, think about telling a trusted friend or family member so they can help and support you. Nottinghamshire Victim CARE can also provide you with help and support even if you do not want to report the crime to the Police.
Victim CARE can provide:
Call Nottinghamshire Victim CARE on 0800 304 7575
If you do want to report the crime to the police please see our page on reporting a crime.
Criminal damage is defined as someone intentionally or recklessly damaging or destroying property belonging to another without a lawful excuse. This could be damage to your vehicle, home, other properties, and does include graffiti.
Arson is the willful or malicious burning or charring of property. This can be further broken down into burning someone else’s property without consent, and arson for the purpose of defrauding an insurer.
Go through your property and note down everything that has been damaged or destroyed.
Contact the number on your insurance policy as soon as you feel able to. You will need to explain in detail what exactly happened, so it can be helpful to do this when it is fresh in your memory. Insurance companies may need evidence to show the value of items you intend to claim for – try to gather receipts, or evidence of purchase from bank statements.
You will also need to provide insurers with your crime number – the officer in your case should have provided this to you after taking your statement. If you don’t have this or can’t remember, you can contact 101 and they can provide it after taking a few details.
Looking After Yourself
Everyone reacts differently to experiencing a crime. It is important however to recognise that whatever has happened to you, it can still feel like a violation.
If you have any physical injuries, it is important that you get these checked out as soon as possible at either a walk in centre or Accident and Emergency – you can find your local urgent care centre here https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/Urgent-Care/LocationSearch/0
You might also find that you feel suddenly quite emotional, you might struggle to sleep properly or feel anxious being in your home or out and about. It is important that you recognise that all of these are not unusual to experience following any crime.
Some ways you can help yourself during this time:
The NHS Moodzone pages have a lot of tips on how to boost your emotional wellbeing which you can find here.
Here are a few tips to help you feel safer: