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    Q101: What is 101 and when should it be used?

    101 provides one easy to remember number to contact the police anywhere in England and Wales. It replaces our current non-emergency numbers and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Using this number can potentially reduce pressure on the 999 system allowing the police to prioritise emergency calls.

    You should call 101 if you want to talk to your local police officer, get crime prevention advice, or report a crime that does not need an emergency response, for example:

    • if your car has been stolen
    • your property has been damaged
    • you suspect drug use or dealing
    • you want to report a minor traffic accident, or
    • you want to give the police information about crime in your area

    Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact your local police force online, this link will take you to a list of all of the police forces in England and Wales and their relevant online contact forms.

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