How To Report A Crime

If You Were A Victim Of A Crime, What Should You Do Now?
Report it.

Like most law enforcement agencies, the Los Angeles Police Department uses a crime tracking system called COMPSTAT which tracks reports of crime by statistical analysis.

Report A Crime. It Matters.

If you don’t report a crime then no statistic is recorded potentially harming deployment strategies in our area. That’s why it’s so important to report any and all crimes.

If there’s no emergency then call the non-emergency number of the L.A.P.D. to report the crime. You can also – depending on the crime – file a report online or go in-person to the station.

For non-emergency response call 1-877-ASK-LAPD

Los Angeles Police Department
Wilshire Area Police Station
Front Desk (213) 473-0476
4861 West Venice Boulevard
Just East of La Brea Av.
Los Angeles, California 90019

As a rule If the non-violent crime just happened such as your car was broken into and you have not yet reported it to the police, please do so immediately.

If the crime involved violence, or the threat of violence, call 911. For other crimes, again call 1-877-ASK-LAPD.

Now you can file some crime reports online

Some examples of crime reports that can be filed online

If the type of crime rises above the level of reporting it online, then please call the LAPD and give as many details as possible.

It may be a while for a police car to arrive at the scene of the crime. For example, if something was stolen out of your parked car, but at the same time there was a shooting nearby, police will first respond to the scene of the shooting thereby potentially taking hours to respond to your incident. Calls to police are answered by priority with most urgent receiving assistance first.

As stated earlier please don’t give up and fail to report the crime!

After calling to report your incident,you may want to ask friendsto wait with you until police arrive. It can be helpful to have friends there to assist you.

If you have trouble filing a police report, or feel that your report has not been followed up on adequately, then call our LAPD Senior Lead Officer at (213) 793-0708 for this area, who is our “neighborhood cop”. You can also contact the Senior Lead Officer Supervisor Sergeant at (213) 842-0590.

If you filed a police report and want to know the status of the investigation, try to contact the detective assigned to your case. If you do not know the detective’s name, call the LAPD Wilshire Detective Desk at (213) 922-8205

For more information about crime and public safety from the Los Angeles Police Department, visit the LAPD web site by clicking here

To learn more about our neighborhood’s safety and crime prevention efforts, check for added information regularly on this web site. Bookmark this site. We also recommend that you sign up to receive our newsletter and important crime alerts.

From your neighbors at Melrose Action

High Tech Can Help Us Stop Crime

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