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Reporting a Crime

Don't assume that your neighbors have already reported a crime or that the police already know about it. Report criminal or suspicious activity each and every time it occurs.

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If you have just seen or experienced a crime, or one is in progress, call 9-1-1 immediately. Learn what to expect when you call 9-1-1.

Non Emergencies
If the crime happened a while ago and there is no direct danger to you or another person, please call the police non-emergency line at: 206-625-5011.

Anonymous Reporting
If you have information about a serious crime that you want to report anonymously,
you can make tips to Crime Stoppers by using their:

If your tip leads to an arrest or a charge, you can earn up to $1,000.

Online Reporting
You can use our community online reporting program for the following crimes:

  • Property Destruction
  • Identity Theft
  • Car Prowls
  • Auto Accessories
  • Theft of Property (under $500)
  • Narcotics Activity

Other Questions

    What if I see an activity that seems suspicious, but I'm not sure it is a crime?
    We would rather have you report an activity you are not sure about, rather than not report it at all. There are many types of activity that can be recognized as suspicious. Learn more about recognizing and reporting suspicious activities.

    What should I do during a large-scale event like an earthquake or a flood?
    Call only if you are facing a life-threatening or dangerous situation (such as a broken gas line etc.) During a big emergency that affects an entire region or area, it is vitally important that you do not overload the 9-1-1 system for non-essential calls. Calling only to report "there was an earthquake" when you personally are not in danger can tie up the 9-1-1 lines. If this happens, people with true emergencies may receive a busy signal when they dial 9-1-1.

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