Section 8: Reporting Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
Our coverage of crime and anti-social behaviour is part of the BBC's public purpose and is aimed at giving audiences the facts in their context. However, we must ensure that the public interest in our reporting is not outweighed by public concern about our methods. We must ensure that we observe appropriate standards of behaviour ourselves, consider the consequences of our actions and avoid obstructing the work of the authorities.
Our reporting must not add to people's fear of becoming victims of crime if statistics suggest it is very unlikely.
(See Guidance: Crime)