The Legal Process

 

When you Report a Crime

 
You may wonder whether you should report the crime to the police. There could be many things to consider before you do so. For example, there may be family issues, you may be frightened of pay back or you could be concerned about a loss of privacy. Sometimes these issues can be addressed, but you may need to discuss them, or get information before you report the crime. The police can sometimes help with these issues, as can the agencies listed on under the Who Can Help section of the website. Steps can be taken to protect witnesses and it is only if crimes are reported that action can be taken to stop the offender. Also, remember that a claim for criminal injuries compensation can place difficulties if you did not report the offence promptly and co-operate with police enquiries.
A report needs to be made as soon as reasonably practicable after the crime occurs. This enables the police to investigate the crime before valuable evidence is lost or destroyed. Early reporting also enables police to protect you and others who may be in danger. The report will also help to identify any pattern of crime in the area, which can help in crime prevention.
Reporting a crime protects your present and future rights, as well as those of the general community. Timely reporting and cooperating in the police investigation process are important factors if you are likely to pursue a claim for criminal injuries compensation.
If you are worried about reporting a crime to police, you can contact one of the agencies listed under the Who Can Help section of the website to discuss your concerns.
Alternatively, police can arrange for a Police Victim Contact Officer to provide you with assistance and information regarding the reporting and investigation of crimes.
Police officers specially trained in the fields of family violence and sexual assault are available on request to assist you.
 
Last Modified: 31 January 2012
URL: http://www.voc.sa.gov.au