If you find yourself the victim of a crime, follow these steps to stay safe and get the help you need:
- Remain calm. Try not to panic or show any signs of anger or confusion.
- If the attacker is after your property, don’t resist. That watch, car, money, whatever is replaceable – YOU ARE NOT!
- Don’t escalate this crime into a violent encounter. But NEVER let your assailant take you to another location. Your chance of survival is slim.
- Make an effort to get an accurate description of your attacker: age, sex, race, complexion, body build, height, weight, type and color of clothing.
- Call the police immediately, identify yourself and give your exact location. Do not leave the scene.
When you call 911 you will be asked several questions by the Call Taker. Be patient. While you are answering their questions, they are keying in your information and dispatching the next available car.
Any information you can provide to the dispatcher may help the officer en route to your call with apprehending the suspect.
Be ready to provide the following information:
- Your name
- Phone number
- What happened? Describe the event in as brief a manner as possible.
- When did it happen? Tell if the crime is in progress or when it occurred.
- Who did it? Name or describe the suspect or vehicle, if there is one.
- Where Did they Go? Which way and how did they leave?
Wait for the officer to arrive or to call you back. The time it takes for an officer to arrive will depend on many factors. All of our calls are prioritized by emergency status. A theft of a lawnmower may be aggravating but it is not an emergency. When the officer arrives, she may ask you questions similar to those asked earlier. Please be patient so the officer can help you.