Types of crime

There are many different types of crime, and people will react to crime differently. If you’ve been affected by crime and need support or information, please contact us.

Find out more about some of the specific types of crime below.

Antisocial behaviour

Antisocial behaviour is when you feel intimidated or distressed by a person's behaviour towards you.


Arson is when someone deliberately sets fire to someone else's property to damage it or to injure people.


Assault is a violent crime. It’s when someone physically attacks you, or threatens to attack you.


A burglary is when someone breaks into a building with the intention of stealing, hurting someone or committing unlawful damage.

Childhood abuse

Child abuse can happen in different ways, and can include neglect as well as physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

Crime abroad

Crime abroad covers any criminal offence that happens to you while outside England and Wales. This page also includes information about crime on cruise ships.

Cybercrime and online fraud

Online crime, or cybercrime, refers to a variety of crimes carried out online using the internet.

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse describes negative behaviours that one person exhibits over another within families or relationships.


Fraud is when someone tricks or deceives you to gain a dishonest advantage.

Hate crime

Hate crime is the term used to describe a crime against someone based on a part of their identity.