CRIME: REPORT IT


  • Many crime reports do not require an officer to respond, such as stolen bicycles, garage burglaries, lost property, trespassing, vehicle prowling, custodial interference, harassment, thefts, and malicious mischief.  (There are not enough law enforcement officers to respond to all of these minor crimes.)  
  • There is far more crime occurring in Spokane than is reported in the News.  In 2004, Crime Check handled 280,000 non-emergency calls (767 calls/day), and filed 47,000 reports.   These calls did not include the many emergency calls to 911.   Reports of crime are essential to determine crime trends.  Even though police may not go to the scene of a minor crime, the departments use the information to determine when and where they patrol.  

Reporting Crime


How to Report a Crime


  • If you see any suspicious or in-progress activity, call 9-1-1. 

  • Many crime reports do not require an officer to respond, such as stolen bicycles, garage burglaries, lost property, trespassing, vehicle prowling, custodial interference, harassment, thefts, and malicious mischief.  Citizens may make these reports by contacting:
Crime Check - report a possible crime, or suspicious activity

(509) 456-2233  (non-emergency crimes)
email:  crimecheck@spokanecounty.org
http://www.spokanecounty.org/crimecheck
Give anonymous tips - through Secret Witness to law enforcement    
(509) 327-5111 or (509) 477-3181
     
Email:  rig9@spokanesheriff.org
Write to:  Secret Witness, PO Box 1205, Spokane, WA  99210 
     
http://www.spokanecounty.org/2927/Report-It-Form   (form with 8 boxes)
https://www.citizenobserver.com/cov6/app/webTipForm.html?id=21014   (form with 3 boxes)
Secret Witness is a non-profit organization that pays cash rewards for information that solves Spokane-area crimes.  It is not affiliated with law enforcement.  Secret Witness accepts anonymous tips about area crimes and pays cash rewards for information that leads to arrests. 
Call the Secret Witness Tip Line at (509) 327-5111. 
Callers do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward, but should leave a code name or number with the operator. 

Receive Money for Tips - about Crime and Criminals.   
     
Crime Stoppers of the Inland NW -  offers cash rewards for info leading to indictment or arrest. This SCOPE program encourages reluctant callers to provide information and remain anonymous.   
      
1-800-222-TIPS (8477) 
       
or submit a Tip Online at http://crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org/

Most Wanted Criminals - Spokane County
http://www.spokanecounty.org/2926/Most-Wanted



Inform the Sheriff.  Report knowledge of a crime to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office
Email: spokanesherifftips@spokanesheriff.org. 
They will compile complaints and add officers to areas of multiple burglaries and other crimes.
  • Become a Citizen WATCH-DOG!   Help fight crime.  Remember— the primary line of defense in our community is not the police—it is the eyes and ears of you and your neighbors.  Observe unusual activities in your neighborhood.  Write down license plates, and take pictures.  Be watchful and report suspicious activity.  Look out your windows before you go to bed at night, and report any suspicious activity.


  • Inform the local media AFTER calling 9-1-1, or law enforcement.  
(509) 324-4004          KXLY-TV News tips
               News4@kxly.com

(509)  838-7350         KREM-TV

(509)  448-4656         KHQ-TV (24 hours/day)

(509)  459-5400         The Spokesman-Review

(509)  924-2440         Valley News Herald