Have you been a victim of theft?
If you've had something stolen you're probably feeling angry and upset.
If it's an ongoing problem, maybe it's part of a bigger issue - perhaps you're being bullied and having money or belongings stolen from you is part of how the bully is getting at you.
If you think the theft is more of a one-off incident here's what you can do:
Reporting the theft
Having personal items stolen is serious so you need to make sure you tell someone about it. Parents or another family member and teachers at school should be able to offer support and advice. But the stolen item itself should be reported to the police.
We will try to recover your belongings; however it is, of course not always possible. If you have insurance for the item, you'll almost certainly need a police crime report before the insurance company will pay out or send a replacement.
To report a theft you have these options:
- You could go to your nearest police station or speak to your Safer Schools Officer or local Safer Neighbourhoods Team. If it's an emergency dial 999.
- Call 101 - our non-emergency phone-number.
- Report it online on the main Metropolitan Police Service website (some items cannot be reported online, such as mobile phones, so check first)
- If you feel unable to talk to the police, you could call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111
- Or for more information visit our How to contact us page on this site.
Other tips for when you've had something stolen
Call your phone service provider and report the theft as soon as you can. The service provider can stop the phone working so that the thief won't be able to use it.
If you don't have the number for your service provider, you can call the Immobilise mobile phone crime line on 08701 123 123. They can make sure your phone is blocked across all networks in the UK, even if the SIM card has been changed.
Contact your bank or ask someone to help you. You need to cancel any stolen bank or credit cards as soon as you can so that they cannot be used.
Money can be very difficult to replace because there's often little way of proving it belonged to you or how much was stolen. You should definitely tell your teacher about it if it happened at school, or perhaps your parents or another responsible adult. For larger amounts the police should be involved and insurance companies may be able to replace the money.
You should ask your parents or owners of the house you live in to always change the locks on the house if your keys were taken, even if you don't think the thief knows where you live. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Getting more help
Being robbed can be a traumatic event especially if it involved physical assault. It does help to open up and talk about it. Talk about what happened with a or family member, or even a teacher. If you don't feel you have anyone close that you could talk to, why not think about speaking to a professional in confidence on a free helpline like ChildLine? You can also chat online to a CyberMentor. See across for details.
ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call 0800 1111 to talk about any problem.
CyberMentors is all about young people helping and supporting each other online.
If you're being bullied or are troubled by something, CyberMentors is where you can go for help.