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Many Arrests Are Made Each Week Because Citizens Report Suspicious Activity
Please remember to be alert and report suspicious activity to the police:
777-3333 OPD non-emergency number

This number should be used to report any suspicious behavior and suspicious vehicles parked or driving in your neighborhood or area of business. Callers can opt not to provide their name and number and remain anonymous. Please include any descriptive details that could be helpful. Jot down the date, time and location you saw the vehicle or suspicious person. Each time this information is reported, it is used in the investigative process.

911 for life threatening emergencies
510.777-3211 emergency when calling from your cell phone
Descriptions Are Important

When reporting suspicious vehicles, try to include:

  • license plate number (even if just partial)
  • make and model
  • number of doors
  • color

When reporting suspicious individuals, try to describe:

  • gender
  • approximate age
  • approximate weight and height
  • hair color/style
  • clothing
  • distinguishing marks (i.e., tattoos, facial hair, clothing color including shoes)

In general, follow your gut instinct: if you believe something is suspicious call the non-emergency number and report it.

Do not place yourself in danger. Stay safe and report the suspicious behavior; let OPD follow up on the information.

Use Nixle Tip Watch to send an anonymous tip in 1 of 3 ways:  

  1. Text TIP OAKLANDPD to 888777 from your cell phone
  2. Call the toll-free tip hotline at 855-TIPS-247 (855-847-7247)
  3. Respond to OPD’s Nixle messages

To view the Nixle message, click here.

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