It is a good idea to make a police report as soon as possible after a crime has taken place. You are however still allowed to report a crime even if a long time has past since the crime occurred. Here is what you need to know about making a police report.
Call 112 if the matter is urgent, or if the crime is in progress. You can also call 112 if you see an accident, if there is a fire or if someone needs an ambulance.
Why should I report a crime to the police?
It is a good idea to report a crime to the police for several reasons.
- The person/s who committed the crime can be prosecuted.
- You may be able to get back whatever it was that was taken from you.
- It makes it easier to receive help from organisations that help victims of crime.
- You often feel better within yourself if you make a police report.
What can I get help with?
- When you make a police report, you are allowed to take someone you know with you.
- You can receive help and support from Victim Support Sweden, which is an organisation that helps people who have been victims of crime.
- You can receive help if you are afraid of the person who has committed a crime against you.
As a victim of crime, you have the right to legal aid from a lawyer during the preliminary investigation and trial. You do not need to pay for this. Let the police or prosecutor know that you would like legal aid.
You can also get help if you are afraid of or have been threatened by the person who has committed a crime against you. This person can be given a restraining order, which will prohibit them from visiting, calling or contacting you in any way. You file for a restraining order with the police.
What will the police want to know?
The information that the police will want to know depends on the kind of crime that you are reporting. The following is the information that you must always tell the police:
- Your name, address and phone number.
- What happened and who was involved.
You must also be prepared to tell the police the following:
- When and where the crime took place.
- If the crime has caused any injuries and if so, what kind of injuries.
- If you have seen a doctor, or intend to do so.
- The make and model of whatever it was that has disappeared or was stolen.
- If the crime occurred on the Internet, you will need to describe what has happened.
The police may want to look for evidence after the crime. Because of this, you should not wash, clean or move things around in the place where the crime occurred.
You are allowed to change or add things to your police report after you have made an initial statement.