Online Crime Reporting
File a Report
Crimes that can be filed online usually do not require an in-person police response.
To file online, the following criteria must be met:
- This is not an emergency situation.
- The incident occurred within Seattle city limits. (Exception - Identity Theft)
- There are no known suspects or information about the crime that can be followed up on.
What Happens after I file a Report?
- REPORT your crime online. After you complete your report you will see "Your Online Report Has Been Submitted."
- RECEIVE a temporary report. You will immediately be given a temporary transaction number. This is your confirmation number but not your official police report number.
- APPROVAL of your report. If your report is approved, you will receive an email with the official police report number. This is the number you need to file with your insurance company.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Due to the nature of the reports filed - they have no known suspects or information to follow up on - we won't be able to investigate most cases.
- All cases filed through the online reporting system will be reviewed and will help us track crime trends and patterns.
- The reports filed online are also usually the quickest and easiest way to get a report for your insurance company.
You will have the ability to file online supplemental reports. If you have already filed a report through the online system, we strongly encourage you to continue to update and add information through this system. This decreases the risk of filing the same report twice, and also makes it easier to keep your information tied to the correct report number.
You will need either:
- Your temporary transaction (a T followed by eight digits)
- Your police report number (Year of the report followed by six digits (e.g., 2010-000017)
- Normally, you will receive a response from the CORP reviewer within five business days.
- In the meantime you will be given a temporary transaction number to document your submission. This temporary number is NOT your police report number.
- Once your report has been reviewed and approved, your report number will be issued to you by email.
If you have already filed a report and realize you need the report approved quicker than 5 days - you can do that by calling the non-emergency number 206-625-5011 and asking to file the report with the Communications Section.
Be sure to tell them you have already filed the same report through the online reporting system, and give them the temporary transaction number you were provided when you filed the report online so they may include it in the narrative of your report.
If you would rather not use the online reporting system, you can file a report by calling the SPD Communications non-emergency line at 206-625-5011.
- Only crimes that have no suspects, are not in progress and do not involve injury can be reported online.
- Some crimes and incidents may require evidence collection or other investigative procedures requiring an officer's involvement.
- Among others, online reporting is NOT appropriate for the following crimes or incidents:
- Incidents occurring within past 30 minutes
- Violent crimes, completed or attempted
- Sex crimes
- Theft or loss of a firearm
- Theft or loss of prescription drugs or other controlled substances.
- Stolen vehicles, completed or attempted
- Stolen license plate
- Burglary of your home or business (completed or attempted)
- Crimes committed due to race, religion, ethnic or national origin, disability and/or sexual orientation
- Aggressive driving
- Traffic collisions
- Check fraud
- Noise complaints
- Lost property
- Civil disputes