What is a police emergency?

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Find out when you should TXT 111 for Police


What is a police emergency?

Police emergencies when you should text 111 are when any of these things are happening now or have just happened:

  • someone is badly injured or in danger, for example there's been a car crash and people are hurt;
  • there’s a serious risk to life or property, like when a fight breaks out in the street;
  • a crime is happening and the person who did it is still there or has just left, for example when someone is in your neighbour's garden and you see them break into the house;
  • something has happened that could be dangerous, like trees blocking a road.

If you need to report something that's not urgent, you should visit your nearest police station.

Examples of non-emergencies are when you find out today that your bike was stolen yesterday or someone put graffiti on your fence last night.

If you're not sure

If you're not sure if it's an emergency, text 111 and ask. We'll help you work out what to do.