How can I report suspicious activity to the police?

Suspicious activity includes behaviours or incidents that raise safety concerns. This could include unusual loitering, attempts at theft or burglary (like tampering with cars or security systems), public disturbances, suspicious packages or vehicles (unattended bags, obscured plates), and signs of illegal activity (secretive exchanges, suspicious ATM behaviour). If something feels off, report it to the police authorities.

1. Assess the Situation:

  • Safety First: If you feel immediate danger or witness a crime in progress, call the police on the emergency services number (112 in India and Europe, 911 in the US, 999 in the UK, etc.).

  • Observe Details: If the situation allows, note down as many specifics as possible:

    • Who: Describe the people involved (physical appearance, clothing, unique features).
    • What: What exactly did you observe? (actions, conversations, objects involved).
    • When: Time and date of the incident.
    • Where: Exact location (address, landmarks, surroundings).
    • Why: Explain why you found the activity suspicious.

2. Choose the Reporting Method:

  • Emergency: For immediate threats, call the emergency services on the hotlines of the respective police enforcement team. (For example - if you are in Delhi, contact Delhi Police)

  • Non-Emergency: For suspicious activity that doesn’t pose an immediate threat, you have options:

    • Call the local police non-emergency number. This is often listed on the police department’s website or in the phone book (directory).
    • Use online reporting systems. Some police departments have provided online complaint forms for reporting non-emergency incidents.

Additionally, you may also visit a police station in person. to report the activity.

3. Follow Up (If Applicable):

  • Get a case number: If you report by phone or in person, ask for a case or incident number for your records.
  • Offer additional information: If you remember any details later or have photos/videos, share them with the police.

:tipping_hand_man:t5: Tips:

  • Trust your instincts: If something feels off from usual activities, it’s usually worth reporting.
  • Be patient: Investigations take time, so don’t expect immediate results.
  • Don’t take matters into your own hands: Leave law enforcement to handle the situation.
  • Report anonymously: If you wish to remain anonymous, inform the dispatcher or police officer without revealing your personal details.

:shield: Privacy: Be aware that your information (if not reported anonymously) may be shared with relevant authorities for investigative purposes.

Still, have questions? :thinking: Ask by replying to us. :point_down:t5: We will help you to resolve it.