Updated 03 March 2003, 09.46
A quarter of you have been the victim of crime in the last year, a shocking survey's shown. Are you one of them?
We want to hear your stories. Maybe someone attacked you for no reason, or perhaps you were robbed on the street. Tell us your story - and how it made you feel.
And lots of you say you're too afraid to report crimes. What do you think think? Is it right or wrong to grass people up?
I got followed once when I was on my bike. I didn't think anything was wrong, but when I got off to go into a shop they took it! I never saw it again.
Mike, 12, Chichester
At school we have just finished being taught Self Defence in P.E. - which I think is great! We have single sex classes, and since many attackers see females as being more vunerable, the teachers thought it was important we knew the basics. We got taught some really interesting stuff - as well as the basic punches, kicks, and blocks, we got taught vunerably spots, how to free your arm (if someone's holding it) and your neck (if they throttle you). We also learnt you should yell 'Fire' if you're being attacked because more people will come outside.
Jenah, 14, New Zealand
I was in a shop and I had five pounds in my pocket. I bought a sweet and when I payed a boy was looking up from my shoulder. When I left he followed me out, grabbed my shirt and said to give him his money.Just then a man across the street shouted at him and he ran off. It was close.
Mahamed, 11, Hornsey
In march I was waiting at a bus stop in the crowded town.Three girls came up to the bus stop, waiting. They saw my phone and tried to take it from me, threatening to hurt me if I didn't give it to them. I held my own and they couldn't get it, but I was still very afraid and upset.
Vicki, 14, St Albans
Me and my friend were attacked by four 16- year-olds back in March. We were beaten and one of them even had a knife. The funny thing is it happened at a park in broad daylight right outside my house. We reported them to the police and they have been taken care of. I still live in fear of it happening again.
Sammy, 13, Northampton
I think people think they are cool if they go round nicking people's money. I know one girl who is in my school and she goes round hitting people she thinks are sad.
Nadine, 13, Cardiff
A boy came up to me and my friends first asking for money. We told him we hadn't any but insisted he could hear some in my friend's pocket. My friend then gave him about 40p. We thought he would go away, but he didn't. He kept persisting and I called him a rude name and I was being "cheeky" to him. Me and my friends walked off and he followed us until we were cornered in a shop doorway, he said I was being "cheeky" and he started swearing at us. He then said he was going to stab me. At this moment me and my friends walked as fast as we could away from him. I was terrified. I reported it to the police but we still see him around. That's why it's pointless reporting it cause they won't catch him.
Lauren, 13, Luton
Earlier in the summer hols me and 2 friends were robbed and I was assaulted. We called the police and the 3 girls who did have all been charged. I was in a group in a public place and it still happened. Don't suffer in silence tell someone and get the people who done it taught a lesson. And I know I'm always nervous when I'm on my own cos you never think it will happen 2 u!!!
Nikki, 14, West Lothian
When I was at a disco at my school I was pulled out of the crowd I was dancing with and had my money nicked. Even though I'm glad I hadn't taken my mobile, just in case, I'm still finding it hard to trust certain people with my things.
Anna, 12, Stirling
I think that people should definitely report crimes, but to be totally honest, I don't think that the police do enough! We were burgled, and the police just didn't really bother, I think that they want big cases, but when people take things of sentimental value, to us it is a big case!
Jade, 13, Leicestershire
I had just crossed the traffic lights to get to school when this weird man grabbed my arm and swore at me. When I ran away he shouted "Run Rabbit" after me. I was really shocked and told my mum, who told my teacher who told the police.
LR, 10, Oxford
When I was camping, someone came in the night and stole our camera. We were really upset, because it had some great pictures on it.
Mick, 9, Stamford
At the mall, these guys cornered me and asked for my cellphone, I just told them I didn't have one (I did) but then they hit me!
Danala, 13, San Antonio, USA
Sort of. Me and my mate were walking back to our road and this bloke was following us. We turned round to go back and he turned around too. Then he started running after us, so we just legged it! I hate going round there now!
Laura, 13, Southampton
I would probably only report a crime if it involved someone getting hurt or otherwise I wouldn't really bother.
Ruth, 13, London
This summer I was just walking along the street when someone I recognised from another school came up to me. He looked really angry and told me to give him my money. I felt terrible but I did it. I was too scared to stop it. At least he didn't hurt me - that would have been horrible. When I went home later on I didn't tell anyone, not even my mum, and I know that boy has done it to other people. It was really hard to know what to do.
Callum, 10, Inverness
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