Crime Prevention and Education
For reporting purposes, crimes and suspicious activities are considered as either emergencies or non-emergencies. Situations in which you, a member of your family, or a person in your care are attacked or threatened are considered as emergencies and should be reported by calling 911. Be sure to tell the dispatcher about your current medical condition and the need for immediate medical assistance.
Crimes in which: (1) there is no serious personal injury, property damage, or property loss; (2) there is no possibility that the suspect is still at the scene or is likely to return to the scene; and (3) an immediate response is not needed are considered as non-emergencies. These situations and suspicious activities should be reported to the SDPD by calling (619) 531-2000 or (858) 484-3154. The details of reporting crimes and suspicious activities are presented on this website in the section entitled Community Resources and Responsibilities. Also included there are the names and phone numbers of those SDPD units and other law enforcement and government agencies that deal with special situations and problems.
Certain crimes are especially frightening and traumatic, particularly if the victim (or witnesses) feels intimidated by their attacker or is not sure about reporting the crime. If you have been a victim of one of these crime types or if you suspect someone you know has been a victim, the following pages offer information and assistance.