Call 9-1-1 for emergencies and crimes in progress.
Always call 9-1-1 for crimes in progress or those involving life-threatening circumstances, as they receive the highest priority response.
If a crime is still in progress, do what you can to ensure your safety first. If you are outside your home, office or classroom, get to a public area such as an open store or restaurant. If at home, go to a safe area of the house or go outside.
Be prepared to answer all questions asked.
Be specific with answers.
Don't downplay the importance of your call.
Here are points to immediately consider when reporting a crime or emergency:
Is anyone’s life or safety threatened?
Does anyone need medical assistance or an ambulance?
Is the suspect(s) still there? (If so, make sure the dispatcher knows this.)
Does the suspect(s) have a weapon?
When you call the Information 9-1-1 dispatcher, you may be asked:
Where are you now?
Where did the crime happen?
If the suspect(s) is gone, where did they go? In what direction?
Did they use a car or some other transportation? Did you get the license plate number?
What exactly happened or is happening?
Describe the situation in complete detail.
What are the physical characteristics of the suspect(s)? (Sex, height, weight, hair color, race, etc.)
What was the suspect wearing?
When did the crime happen?
Is it still in progress? This is very important, as it may determine the level of response.
Who are you?
What phone number are you calling from?
Do not hang up the phone until the dispatcher tells you to do so.
You may be put on hold while the dispatcher contacts emergency responders.
We encourage you to promptly report any suspicious activity to Campus Safety & Security, even if you are not sure any criminal activity has taken place. Call 253-692-4416 to speak directly with a campus security officer 24/7.