How to Report A Crime
EMERGENCY (dial 911)
Usedto report any crime that is in progress which requires immediate action. The police are dispatched on a high priority to these calls.
- break-ins or vandalism
- physical disturbances,
injury accidents, prowlers
or any crime being
witnessed and the suspect
is still present.
NON-EMERGENCY (dial 604-826-7161)
Used to report any crime after it has occurred where there is no suspect present. Police are dispatched to these calls on a priority basis with the availability of manpower. Be sure to tell the operator whether or not you would like the police to attend your residence.
- Thefts, property damage, no injury motor vehicle accidents, etc.
- enquiries or information
- any suspicious activity
Steps to Follow When Reporting an Emergency or Non-Emergency
- Stay Calm.
- State the problem: I want to report…
- Let the operator control the conversation.
- Answer questions in the order they are asked.
- If you wish to remain anonymous, tell the operator so at the start.
- Do not hang up; stay on the telephone until you know the police have arrived at the crime scene or the operator tells you to hang up.
Examples of Suspicious Activity that should be reported:
- Slow moving vehicles……………………possible burglars casing homes
- Unknown vehicle loading valuables…possible break-in in progress
- Property carried by persons on foot…………possible stolen property
- Persons going door to door………….possible burglars casing homes
- Stranger in back yard……..possible burglar looking for entry point
- Door/window forced open……………….possible break-in in progress
- Many visitors, coming/going at all hours…….possible drug activity