How to use our text number: Q&A
You can text us on 61016 to tell us
about non-emergency incidents. In an emergency
always dial 999.
What information should I include in my
Tell us the nature of the incident, the
location and the time. For example, ‘Abusive man on the 7pm Sutton
Coldfield to Birmingham New Street service. He was threatening
people, and then got off at Birmingham New Street.’
Will I get a reply?
You will receive a text to confirm that your
message was received. We will then follow up and ask for more
information if required, or let you know what action is being or
was taken in response to your text.
Will you call me back?
We will not call you unless we have agreed that with you
How much will it cost to text BTP?
Your mobile service provider may issue a small
charge to text 61016. The exact cost will depend on your network
Is the text number anonymous?
Yes, you can text us anonymously if you wish.
You don’t have to include your name or any identifying details in
Will you try to identify me from my number?
We will not routinely conduct subscriber
checks to find out who you are if you have sent a text anonymously,
however, there may be occasions where this is necessary.
Can I text you in an emergency?
In an emergency always call 999. The
61016 text number is monitored 24/7
but there is no guarantee that your text will be received
in time, so you should not use it to call for
assistance in an emergency.
What about in places where there is no
phone signal, such as on the Underground?
In these cases, there are other ways to get in touch with
- In an emergency, you should use the
emergency handles on trains and help points on station platforms,
or speak to a member of staff or a police officer. If you are
travelling through a station with wifi you can also email us at
- If it is not an emergency, you should
wait until you have a signal before texting us.
- In any situation, you can always speak to a member of
railway staff or a police officer.
Find more about when to call 999.
What happens if I do report an emergency by
The texts will be monitored 24/7, however because we cannot
guarantee that texts will be received immediately we will not know
if the emergency is current and/or ongoing. We will of course send
officers to respond when appropriate but you should always
use 999 in an emergency.
What happens if I report a crime that isn't on the
We have processes in place to make sure that our colleagues
in other forces are made aware of anything that is reported to us
in error. We already do this with phone calls and emails.
Who deals with text messages sent to 61016?
The texts are monitored 24/7, 365 days a year
by our First Contact Centre based in Birmingham.
Can I send images?
No, we cannot receive images via this text number.
Can I send video or sound
No. Unfortunately we are not able to receive moving images or
audio. However if people capture incidents on their phone we can
arrange to collect the footage as part of the evidence gathering
process or they can be emailed to email@example.com
There is already a number for the Safer Travel Team in
the West Midlands: which number should I
If you are in the Centro area, you can report
non-emergency incidents on the railway or Metro using the text
61016 service or by calling 0800 40 50
What about other types of messages, such as iMessage or
This is a text messaging service only. Unfortunately we don't
support other instant messaging applications at the moment.
However, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call us on 0800 40 50 40 if you do not
want to text us.