How to report a crime

If you see a crime in progress or evidence that one has occurred:

  • Contact Campus Safety, 734-358-1340 immediately
  • If the situation is an emergency, contact the Ann Arbor Police Department at 911 (on or off-campus)

Remember as much information as possible

The following is a helpful list of possible information needed by authorities in an investigation.

Description of a Person:
  • What color hair did they have?
  • How tall where they?
  • Did they have a beard or mustache?
  • Did you notice any other facial features?  
  • What was the person last seen wearing?
  • Did the person have any distinguishing features like a tattoo or a birthmark?
Description of an Object:
  • Note basics like size, color and shape
  • Note identifying features such as a full or partial license plate number, an odor, etc
Description of an incident:
  • Stay as objective as possible
  • Try and answer as many of the following as you can: who, what, when, where, why, and how
  • Keep events in chronological order as much as possible
  • State where you were standing or sitting at the time of the incident

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