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Repeat victims

Repeat victim

“A person is to be treated as a repeat victim if they perceive themselves to be so or who have been a victim of more than one recorded crime or ASB incident within 12 months.”

This allows for a series of linked or recurring events that have happened prior to the victim contacting the police to be taken into account as part of a pattern of anti-social behaviour.  It also means that we can consider victims as repeat victims if they have previously sent their complaints to partner agencies rather than the police.


Where relevant, and for guidance, the Force has agreed a definition of  ‘Vulnerable Victim (based on agreement made between Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire forces).

“A person is considered vulnerable if, as a result of their situation or circumstances, they are unable temporarily or permanently, to protect themselves from harm.”

In this case “their situation” is the anti-social nature of the actions being carried out against them and “their circumstances” are the factors affecting their ability to protect themselves. 

The following are factors that may be considered.

Health and Disability

  • Learning disability                           
  • Physical disability or illness
  • Mental health needs                     
  • Drug and / or alcohol misuse

Equalities / Discrimination Factors

  • Gender / transgender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Ethnic background (including language)
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Religion / belief

Economic Circumstances

  • Deprivation / financial concerns
  • Unemployment / poor education
  • Poor housing conditions (including geographical location)

Personal Circumstance

  • Considers themselves vulnerable
  • Social Isolation
  • Poor social skills
  • History of offending
  • Self neglect
  • Overcrowding
  • Affected by anti-social behaviour

Family Circumstances

  • Child protection
  • Child in need
  • Child in care
  • Domestic abuse
  • Family members/carers with mental health / drug / alcohol problems
  • Family members/carers with a history of offending

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