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    Q1094: Do the police investigate all reported crimes and incidents?

    If an incident reported to the police has no further lines of investigation and they are unable to take any further action, you will be informed of this and the reasons for the decision.

    When you report a crime to the police, they will automatically ask you if you would like help from Victim Support. Anyone affected by crime can contact Victim Support directly even if you do not report the matter to the police or the police are unable to take further action. Please see Related Information for contact details.

    If the incident requires the police to attend or if there are viable lines of enquiry, an officer will be assigned to the case and you will be given a reference number. Please make a note of this number as you will need to quote it in further communication with the police about the matter.

    The way the police investigate a matter can vary depending on the nature of the crime and the unique circumstances. All reports of crime are taken seriously and investigated with impartiality.

    Information of crimes and incidents reported to the police are utilised by local forces to direct their resources to help in the detection and prevention of crime.

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