Crime Reporting


  • 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 - for non-emergency crimes
(509) 456-2233
http://www.spokanecounty.org/crimecheck

  • Inform the local media AFTER calling 9-1-1.  
(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

  • 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.

    Report knowledge of a crime to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office by sending them an email at spokanesherifftips@spokanesheriff.org.  They will compile complaints and add officers to areas of multiple burglaries and other crimes. 
  • 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.