How to Report a Crime
This section provides information about how to report a crime in progress or a crime that has already happened. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. You can report a crime and receive assistance from the police regardless of your age or immigration status.
Learn more about the rights of crime victims
Crimes in Progress or Just Witnessed
If a crime is in progress, or you have just witnessed or experienced a crime, try to get to safety first.
- Call 911 immediately and try to stay calm.
- Be alert of your surroundings and try to make mental notes.
- When talking to the 911 dispatcher, keep in mind the following:
- The first question you will be asked is, "Where is your emergency?"
- Give the dispatcher as specific an address as possible.
- If you don't know the exact address, try to provide a street name or to identify landmarks around you. It is extremely important to provide as much detail about your location as possible.
- Is anyone hurt?
- Let the dispatcher know if anyone requires medical assistance.
- Make note of the physical characteristics of the victim or perpetrator, including such details as height, weight, race, hair color, eye color, tattoos, or scars.
- Make note of the clothing worn by the victim or perpetrator, including the type of clothing and color.
- Are the people involved on foot or in a car?
- Are there weapons involved?
- Do not destroy evidence that could assist police, including any objects or clothing that could have fingerprints, hair, skin, blood or semen on them.
All 911 calls can be connected to a translator if foreign language assistance is needed. Do not make prank calls to 911. Prank 911 calls, which take dispatchers away from callers whose lives might be in danger, are punishable by law.
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Crimes NOT In Progress
Depending on where the crime occurred, you may report the crime to agencies such as the MTA police, NY State Police, or Port Authority Police, if the location of the crime falls within their respective jurisdictions. Otherwise, contact your local precinct as soon as possible, to file a complaint report.
Find a precinct located near you
Sexual Violence Crimes
Victims of sexual violence should call 911 if they are in immediate danger; otherwise, they should call the NYPD Special Victims Division 24-hour hotline at 646-610-7272.
Victims of sexual assault may also report the crime in an emergency room, preferably covered by the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program. Learn more about the SAFE Program and its locations.
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To Submit Tips about a Crime
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 911.
If you have information or a tip about a crime that may lead to the arrest of a criminal, or assist law enforcement in its investigation of a crime, contact Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers allows you to submit information and tips anonymously.
You can submit a tip by phone or internet.
- To submit a tip over the phone, call 800-577-TIPS (8477). For Spanish, call Crime Stoppers at 888-57-PISTA. Your phone number will not be displayed or traced.
- To submit a tip by text message, text 274637 (CRIMES) with the first line "Tip577", followed by the tip information. You can stop communication at any time by texting "STOP".
- You can also submit a tip at the NYPD Crime Stoppers website.
- Mobile App
Crime Stoppers will not record your call, or phone number, or ask for your name.
- If you contact Crime Stoppers and give a tip or information, you will not have to make a statement to the police and you will not have to appear in court.
- You will be asked if you want to be contacted by Crime Stoppers after you have given a tip or information about a crime.
- If your tip or information leads to an arrest and an indictment, you may receive a reward.
- Learn more about how Crime Stoppers works
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