Reporting suspicious behavior

People are sometimes reluctant to call 911 about behavior that they feel is suspicious.  They don’t want to burden police with non-emergencies.  However, police encourage people to call 911 to report activity or behavior that is felt to be unusual or out of place.

What is suspicious behavior?  If it is suspicious to you, it is worth reporting it to 911.  Examples:

  • Unusual noises including screaming, sounds of fighting, and glass breaking.
  • People in and around buildings who do not appear to be conducting legitimate business.
  • Unauthorized people in restricted areas.
  • Vehicles driving slowly or aimlessly through neighborhoods, around schools or parking lots.
  • People peering into parked vehicles that are  not their own.
  • People who change their behavior when they notice that they have been seen.
  • People dressed inappropriately for the weather — wearing a heavy coat in warm weather.

People are especially urged to call 911 when:

  • You believe someone is in physical danger.
  • You believe a specific crime is happening.
  • You believe something is suspicious.

Reporting suspicious behavior may not only prevent crime but it may help police working to find suspected burglars and car thieves.