Report Crime, Submit a Tip

For Emergencies:

Please dial 9-1-1 to report a crime in progress, assist crime victims, report suspicious activities, or request police service. Give the police dispatcher as much detailed information as you can.

Additional crisis response resources:
You may also find it helpful to review and save a number of other emergency and non-emergency numbers, such as the mental health crisis hotline, poison control hotline, suicide prevention, veterans crisis line, WOAR victim line, homeless outreach — as well as report PGW gas leaks, PECO downed wires, PWD leaking hydrants or water main breaks.  You may also consult a list of city services accessed via 311.  


Be Prepared

Click here to download and print out the suspect ID sheet — a tool which facilitates collecting all the commonly needed information in order to provide the police an accurate, complete, and actionable description of any individual or vehicle. Be the eyes and ears — see something, say something!


Philadelphia residents may utilize a single portal to provide additional information on observed criminal or suspicious activities through PPD Forms:

Submit a Tip
Submit information regarding suspicious, nuisance and criminal activity to the Philadelphia Police Department.  You may submit a tip anonymously. Similar to Roll Call Complaints, submitting a tip provides a means for neighbors to inform patrol officers of chronic neighborhood problems or conditions that are not of an emergency nature.

  • Via Web:  Philadelphia Police Department’s official online form at Submit a Tip
  • Via Telephone:   Dial 215.686.TIPS (8477).
  • Via Text Message   Text to the short code PPDTIP (773847)
  • Photo/Video Tips Via Email
    If you would like to submit a tip, including photo or video, via email, send to Please include as many details as you can if you are sending photos or videos, such as the physical address and names of any known persons. Please include your information if you would like a member of the Philadelphia Police Department to follow up with you directly.

Other Police Forms

Also for non-emergencies:
You may also contact the 3rd Police District direct at (215) 686-3030 or, or contact BVNA for assistance with having your issue or question addressed.

Victim Resources:
 Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia  1800 Jackson St. 215-551-3360 or email at

Hate Crimes:  Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at or (215) 686-4670

Senior Citizen Resources:
– District Attorney’s Office Private Complaint 24-hour Hotline: 215-686-9848 or E-mail Address:  (e.g. victim of fraud or scam)
– Elder Justice Unit at DA’s Office: 215-686-8000
– Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging: | 215-765-9040
  Meals on Wheels  Protective Services  Emergency Resources  Senior Centers   Housing Resources  Companions
– CARIE LINE about any issue affecting an older adult, call 215-545-
5728 or 1-800-356-3606, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.        –   AARP:

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