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    Q603: I am the victim of a crime that has happened abroad, what do I do?

    This question is relevant whether you live in the UK and are a victim of crime elsewhere or whether you live in other parts of the world and believe you are a victim of a crime committed in the UK. It is only when the victim and the suspect are in different countries when the crime occurred that the below applies.

    You need to make a report to the police in your own country, you should not make the report direct to the police in the country where you think the crime has happened as the request must be from a recognised law enforcement authority.

    Depending on the type of crime it may be that the actual offence has happened in your country but the suspect lives in another country. There are official procedures that must be followed when investigating international crime which mean that you must report the matter to your local police/law enforcement agency first.

    If you and the suspect are/were in the same country when the crime occurred then you should make a report to the local police of that country.

    For more information please see the websites in related information. There is a link to the 'Help for Victims' website and a Youtube video guide to the website.

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