Bogus collectors and theft

On-line Reporting Tool

This form is to enable us to gather reports of bogus collections whether they be criminals stealing legitimate collection sacks from outside peoples’ homes or fake companies and fake charities deceiving the public with collection materials that look like they are from a genuine charity.

This information is useful to us in terms of tracking and understanding where bogus collections are happening. However, you should always also report your incidents to the police and other relevant enforcement agencies.

Charity Retail Association members can download advice from the Crown Prosecution Service to police on the prosecution of bag theives on our members' area Resources page, and go to the Legal section.

DownloadDownload advice from the CPS to police on the prosecution of bag thieves (members' area user name and password required)

Please fill in the survey below.

Contact details
Contact name
Position (optional)
Date of incident

What kind of incident was it?
Bogus collection
Theft of my house-to-house collection sacks
Theft of textile banks
Other, specify below

Description of the incident:

Was the incident reported to the police?


Please briefly explain what was the police’s response/action taken

Please, indicate if you collected any of the following evidence:

Vehicle registration number. Specify:
Name of the company. Specify:
Contact details of the company. Specify:
Other evidence. Specify:

Any other comments or information:

Please keep a copy of the form for your own records.