Suspicious Vehicles

What To Look For

  • Anything suggestive of foul play, danger, or illegal activity should be reported.
  • Any vehicle moving slowly and without lights, or following a course that appears aimless or repetitive is suspicious in any location. Particularly so in areas of schools, parks, and playgrounds.
  • Parked, occupied vehicles containing one or more persons are especially significant if observed at an unusual hour. They could be possible lookouts for a burglary in progress, even if the occupants don't appear to be.
  • Vehicles being loaded with valuables are suspicious if parked in front of a closed business or untended residence, even if the vehicle is a legitimate looking commercial unit.
  • Apparent business transactions conducted from a vehicle, especially around schools or parks, and if juveniles are involved, could mean possible drug sales.
  • Persons being forced into vehicles, especially involving juveniles or females, may mean a possible kidnapping.
  • The abandoned vehicle parked on your block may be a stolen car.

Other Situations

  • Continuous "repair" operations at a non-business location could mean stolen property being stripped, repainted, and otherwise altered.
  • Open or broken doors or windows, at a closed business, may indicate a crime in progress or already completed.
  • Unusual noises such as gunshots, screaming, sounds of combat, abnormally barking dogs. Anything suggestive of foul play, danger, or illegal activity should be reported.
  • Some of the suspicious situations described could have innocent explanations, but the police department would rather investigate a possible crime situation than be called after the fact.
  • Your call could save a life, prevent an injury, or stop a criminal act.