Mate crime can happen in many different relationships. They are perpetrated by an individual or small group of individuals who are friends or befriend an often vulnerable and friendly person. These 'mates' then use your friendship to steal and take advantage of the trust you have in them.
- A 'mate' may be a new friend, an old friend, a family member, a neighbour, a person paid to help you in your home or another person you meet and talk with on a regular basis.
- Mate crime is always done by someone you know.
- All suspected mate crimes should be reported to West Mercia Police (telephone 101).
If you are concerned about someone or suspect someone is being abused please report it.