Observe. Record. Report.
Those three words are the key to how you can help the Calgary Police Service fight crime and keep Calgary a safe place to live and play. With Calgary’s growing population, we simply cannot be everywhere all of the time. Calgarians are the eyes and ears we rely on – and it is important that we all work together.
In partnership with students from SAIT Polytechnic, we created a video series that follows a young man with a special power of always being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Take a look and see how he learns to use his power for good by being a good witness.
Being a good witness
So what can you do if you see a crime? Here are a few steps to follow:
If it is an emergency or a crime in progress, call 911 immediately.
Move to a safe place until police arrive.
Take note of the appearance of the people involved, including their:
Take note of the environment around the incident:
Take note of what happened:
- How many people were involved
What they did and to whom
What was said (if you can safely hear)
How they left the scene
What direction were they traveling
Report what you noted to police.
Never underestimate the power of the information you have. Something as simple as reporting a suspicious person running down the street, or part of the license plate and colour of a vehicle driving around in your neighbourhood could be the missing piece needed to solve a crime.
There is no time limit on when information is useful. If you have information about a crime that has already happened, you can always call our non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or give your information anonymously to Crime Stoppers, either online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.