How to provide a descriptions to police

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Community Law & Safety


Community safety and crime prevention is everyone's responsibility. You can support police by providing a good description of anyone you see committing a crime or acting questionably.

If you see a crime being committed dial triple 000 immediately. When you are in contact with triple 000 operator remember:

  • Keep calm;
  • Give your name, address and telephone number;
  • Report where and what is happening;
  • Stay on the phone;
  • If you can safely do so, keep watching and continue to report what is happening;

When giving a description it is important to try and build a complete picture of a person from head to toe.

  • Try to retain the time and date of your observations;
  • Gender;
  • Age group;
  • Body frame size;
  • Haircut and colour;
  • Racial appearance;
  • Facial hair;
  • Distinguishing clothing;
  • Scars, tattoos or glasses.

If you observe a vehicle being used during a crime:

  • Vehicle registration;
  • Colour;
  • Make and model;
  • Any damage or rust;
  • Distinguishing signs or writing on the vehicle;
  • Direction of travel.

These details, are very important when providing an information to police. Don't be concerned if you don't get all of the list. All information provided can help piece together a series of events, assistance with gathering evidence and resulting in a quick deterrence of antisocial behaviour.

Reporting the crime is the first step to members of the public coming together and curving anti-social behaviour.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

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