There are a number of ways to report a crime.

Reporting a non-emergency
If you have information about past or ongoing criminal activity that is not of an emergency nature, you are encouraged to call your local police department through their non-emergency phone number. Remember, if it is not an emergency, do not call 911. This does not mean the crime is not important – it just helps the police to make the best use of their resources.

Examples of non-emergency calls

  • Reporting a crime with no suspect
  • Reporting a crime with a suspect, but the suspect is not on the scene
  • Non-emergency in progress (noisy party, drug use, etc.)
  • Ongoing crime issues (graffiti, ongoing drug dealing, etc.)

When you should call 911?
Call 911 when there is an emergency and lives are in danger. You should also call 911 when there is serious injury, a serious medical condition, a crime is in progress, or any other situation requiring immediate attention.
What should you do if you see a crime occurring?

  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Be observant and make mental notes. Are there any weapons involved? What is the address?
  • You should note any physical characteristics such as height, weight, race, beard or scars.
  • Try to remember clothing descriptions.
  • Note how many people are involved.
  • Make sure you tell the police if the persons involved are on foot or in a vehicle. If possible, what is the make and model of the vehicle?

Anonymously reporting a crime
If you wish to report a crime anonymously, you may use tip411, a Web-tip program that allows anyone with either a smartphone, tablet, standard cell phone or computer to send an anonymous text, photo or video to their local police department.

An app is available for both Android and iPhone devices (Google Play Store and iTunes Store: WC Crimetips) so that a tipster can contact their local police department in Westchester County with the police able to respond back, creating a two-way "chat."

What tip411 does

  • Protects the anonymity of the sender by assigning a six-digit code with numbers and letters.
  • The technology removes all identifying information before the police department sees it so there's no way to identify the sender.
  • Messages can be responded to in real time creating an instant two-way live "chat."
  • It allows you to text photos and/or video.
  • Since police are familiar with the local area they know the best questions to ask.
  • It allows the public to text information about drug activity, other suspicious or criminal activity people with outstanding warrants and cold cases.
  • If it's an active case, the tip is treated as one piece of information and detectives do other work to verify the validity of the tip.
  • Tips stored on redundant servers in different locations nationwide that are managed by the vendor.

What tip411 does not do

  • It doesn't track the identity of the tipster.
  • It is not a substitute for calling 911. If you need police or other emergency responders you still should call 911.
  • It does not retain data after the tipster completes the "chat".