REPORT A CRIME
If there is a crime or other emergency in progress, CONTACT 911 IMMEDIATELY.
Is this crime or activity in progress or did it already happen?
- IN PROGRESS – CALL 911 (examples: you see someone checking mailboxes, or attempting to break in
- ALREADY HAPPENED – Report non-emergency crime online HERE or call 311 (examples: you notice your car was broken into; you realize your bike was stolen)
TIPS FOR REPORTING
1. Focus on Behavior
- Describe the incident
- Why was this suspicious?
2. Give a Detailed Description
- Head (hair color/hat/facial hair/etc)
- Top (color/type/jacket)
- Bottom (color/pants/skirt)
- Shoes & Accessories (color/type/brand)
- Physical Details (age, sex, race, build, tattoos)
3. Describe the vehicle
- Type of vehicle-Car/Truck/SUV/Bike/Scooter
- License Plate (paper plates?)
- Location and direction heading
4. Prevent Profiling
- Would you feel differently if the person was a different race or ethnicity?
- Sometimes, what at first glance seems suspicious, may have an innocent explanation
Police associate these behaviors with potential criminal activity:
- Someone walking down the street looking into multiple vehicles and/or trying door handles to see if the doors will open.
- Someone taking a package from someone else’s property (Keep in mind that sometimes neighbors leave or pick up packages for other neighbors, for example our very active Buy Nothing group).
- A person who is not your neighbor walking about your neighbor’s home and looking into windows, or trying to gain access by forcing open a window or door.
- A person knocking on your door and asking to speak with someone who does not live there and who may also go to other homes knocking on doors. This is a tactic used by people with the intent to burglarize to see if people are home. (Keep in mind that people may mistakenly go to the wrong home.)
- Someone claiming to represent a utility company who is either not wearing a uniform, does not produce identification upon request, or does not have a company logo vehicle.
- Someone using binoculars or other devices to peer into your or your neighbors’ homes.
- At night, a person sitting inside a vehicle that you do not recognize with the lights off for an extended period of time.
- Sometimes delivery drivers such as DoorDash or UberEats may need to reorient themselves after a delivery
- A pushy salesperson not producing identification upon your request or asking to come into your home.
- A vehicle you do not recognize that is circling multiple times around the neighborhood (Is there an open house or garage sale happening?)
- An unusually high flow of people coming and going from a particular home and visiting for just a couple of minutes. (NOTE: Police prefer that you report this to them, rather than post about it.)
- If you feel you are being followed when walking home or to a neighbor’s home, and you cross the street and back again and the person(s) crosses along with you.
- Sales crews selling products door to door saying they need to make a quota and who refuse to produce identification upon your request. (The criminal activity may not be what you think. These salespeople may be victims of labor traffickers and can be reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline 1 (888) 373-7888. For more information, read this article on new research about this type of crime.)