Crimes should be reported to the police as there can be significant benefits to the health and wellbeing of you and your community.
It is your decision whether to report a crime to the police. If you are unsure if you want to report a crime to the police talk about it with someone from the Victims Access Line by phoning 1800 633 063 (8am to 6pm, Mon to Fri)
By reporting the crime:
you may be able to help police identify and arrest the person who has committed the crime.
the police may help you to receive medical treatment, counselling or other support you may need if you are injured or sexually assaulted.
you may help the police to arrest the offender and thus prevent possible future crimes, which reduces the likelihood of others from becoming victims of crime.
you help to ensure the offender is accountable for their crime and justice is delivered.
you help police know where crimes of this nature have happened and they can allocate appropriate resources to prevent future crime.
it may help you to obtain compensation, if you are seriously injured and you are eligible, from the NSW Government's
Victims Compensation Tribunal.
you can seek advice on
safety and protection and advice on crime prevention on the NSW Crime Prevention Division website