FOCUS: Suspicious Activity

What numbers do I call?

  • 9-1-1           Life-threatening / In Progress Incidents
  • 682-4032     NOT life-threatening / NOT In Progress
  • 382-2000     For general information

What do I need to tell them when I call?

Don’t Just call. Call with information:

  • What happened?
  • When did it happen?
  • Where did it happen?
  • Who did it?

Suspect description

  • Race
  • Sex
  • Clothing
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Hair Color

Other identifying marks/traits

Vehicle description

  • Color
  • Make
  • Model
  • Year
  • License plate number

Do I have to give my name, address or phone number?

No, but it is helpful to have that information in case we need to contact you for additional information.

Will the officer stop and talk to me?

Not unless you specifically request it. If you want to talk to the officer, tell the dispatcher when you call in. Or you can have the officer call you on the phone after the officer has handled the situation.

    Suspicious activity concerning persons

    Activity – Possible Crime

    • Going door to door in a residential neighborhood – Possible “Door Knocker” burglary suspect
    • Waiting or loitering in front of closed businesses or unoccupied houses or apartments - Possible burglary suspect or tresspassers
    • Forcing entrance into an occupied home - Possible burglary or theft suspects
    • Persons carrying property, especially if running or at an unusual hour – Possible suspect fleeing from the scene of a crime
    • Screaming or loud voices – Possible rape, assault or domestic violence situation
    • Loitering near schools/parks – Possible sex offender
    • Items or services for sale at very low prices – Possible stolen property of fraudulent scheme
    • Heavy traffic to and from a specific residence on a regular basis – Possible drug house or stolen property operation
    • Continuous repair operations at a non-business location – Possible stolen property being altered.
    • Forcing entry into a locked vehicle, especially in a parking lot – Possible theft of car or its contents
    • Person acting unusual – Possibly ill on drugs, or medical condition

    Suspicious activity concerning vehicles

    Activity-Possible Crime

    • Driving slowly and aimlessly throughout a residential neighborhood or apartment complex - Possible burglary suspect or sex offender
    • Parked, occupied vehicles, especially at an unusual hour - Possible burglary suspect or sex offender
    • Vehicles driving at night without lights on - Possible burglary suspect or impaired driver