Crime in the community concerns everyone. Often reporting crime isn’t as straightforward as we would like it to be. Sometimes the fear of retaliation can keep us from reaching out for help or assisting an investigation. Sometimes we see things in our community that concern us but we aren’t exactly sure if they are illegal. These are the times when we should reach out and let law enforcement determine if the activity is lawful or not and if they can or should intervene. The truth is the neighborhood benefits when every one plays their part. Since we know that reporting can be a process that some of us aren’t comfortable with we want to share some ways you can still do your part. The numbers below can be used to report crimes anonymously.
Citizens who have witnessed a crime or have any information about a crime are urged to contact St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers toll-free at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477). All callers can remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted through the CrimeStoppers website
Citizens who suspect drug activity in their neighborhoods can report it anonymously to police through the use of the Secret Witness Hotline by calling 314-241-COPS (2677). Callers can remain anonymous and are not traceable to operators. Callers who wish to give their names are also welcome. If you prefer to have someone call you back, you will need to provide a daytime phone number where you can be reached.
Some tips for reporting crime when it does occur: Give descriptions of person(s) involved, description of vehicle(s) involved. Were weapons involved? If so, a description of the weapon can be helpful (black gun, silver gun etc…), the address where a crime or drug activity occurred is extremely helpful or the direction that someone fled after a crime was committed are ways to help law enforcement when reporting a crime.