Report a Crime in BC
To report a crime, or for immediate police assistance:Call 9-1-1 or contact your local RCMP detachment or the police force in your area.
Do NOT text message 9-1-1.
If you live outside Canada, contact your local police service and ask them to make a request for assistance from the appropriate Canadian law enforcement agency.
The RCMP does not accept reports of crime via email.
- a fraud/scam visit Reporting Scams and Frauds page on our national site
- online sexual exploitation of children:
- call the Integrated Child Exploitation Team (ICE): (604)598-4569, or
- visit Cybertip.ca
- threatening, criminal or an emergency situation on a social media website: visit the Social Media Initiative page on our national site
- information regarding terrorism, criminal extremism or suspicious activities which could pose a threat to national safety and security: 1–800–420–5805 or E-Mail
- call 1-800-222-TIPS(8477)
- submit a tip online
- send a text to 274637. See How to text a TIP for a demo.
When Should I Call Police?
Call 911 for all Emergencies:
- When someone's life is in danger or there is an immediate threat to person or property
- When a crime is in progress (e.g., a break and enter, assault, robbery, spousal dispute, etc)
- When a serious crime has just occurred and the suspect may not be far or may return to the scene of the crime
- When there is a good chance of arresting a crime suspect or preventing the development of a serious crime or public safety situation
When Making a 911 call:
- Dial 911 and wait for an operator
- Briefly state the reason for the call ( e.g., "I want to report a break and enter in progress")
- Let the operator control the conversation. The questions are important to assist the officers who are attending. Be prepared to answer the following questions:
- location of the emergency - include street name, building number, direction of travel (north, south, etc). If you live in a gated complex, give your intercom code
- personal information - name, date of birth, address and phone number. Date of birth helps police to differentiate between people with the same name and assists in combating identity theft
- incident check list - review the items on the incident check list to assist you in answering questions
Things to Remember:
- Remain calm
- Stay on the phone until you are told to hang up
- Give all the information requested
- Call takers do not dispatch police. Police will be dispatched to you by a dispatcher while you continue to speak to the call taker
- If you dial 9-1-1 accidentally, stay on the line and advise the call-taker. If that call-taker cannot reach you or a busy signal is heard, the call-taker will send police
- Misdialed calls tie up emergency lines and police resources
You should only use 911 when an immediate police response is required. Non-emergency calls may include:
- Reporting a crime that has already been committed and no suspects are present (e.g., theft of your license plate, vehicle or home break-in, vandalism, fraud, etc)
- Reporting suspicious activity or circumstance or less serious nuisance behavior
- When you want follow-up information on a report you have previously made (Have your police file number available)
Facts About Cell Phones
A cell phone will not provide the police with any information regarding your location. Know your location when using a cell phone.
Please note: Police can obtain cell phone owner information should a caller not be able to provide it, but the process may cause very long delays in a response for service.
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