Give police a good description

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Community Law & Safety Queensland Government


Are your powers of observation pretty sharp? Can you describe in detail some of the features of the person who just walked past you? Can you tell a counterfeit $50 or $100 note from an authentic one?

Police are often told by victims reporting a crime that there is CCTV footage available of suspects but the images have to be downloaded. No description is given at the time of the report and this vital piece of information can be omitted from the report for up to a week. By this time the trail has gone cold.

You can assist police when you report a crime by providing a good description. Things to take note of include:

  • male or female
  • body frame size
  • height
  • racial appearance
  • age group
  • hair colour and style
  • scars, tattoos or glasses
  • face e.g. facial hair, skin condition, skin colour, twitch
  • distinguishing clothing
  • posture
  • movement e.g. limp
  • speech e.g. slurred, accent
  • items on person e.g. accessories

Also, if a vehicle is observed being used, take a note of:

  • vehicle registration
  • make and model
  • colour
  • any damage or rust
  • distinguishing signs or markings
  • direction of travel

Community safety and crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility so please assist police by providing a good description of anyone you see committing a crime or acting suspiciously.

To download a form to keep handy click here

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