No police department can function effectively without the concerned assistance of its citizens. They are depending on you to call and tell them whenever you observe suspicious persons or actions. Some people fail to call the police simply because they are not aware of what seemingly innocent activities might be suspicious. Others may notice suspicious activity and be hesitant to call for fear of seeming a “nosy neighbor” or a crank. Still others take it for granted that someone else has already called.
Call the police immediately about all suspicious activity and do it yourself. Don’t worry about “bothering” them because this is what the police are for. Don’t worry about being embarrassed if your suspicions prove unfounded. Think instead what could happen if you don’t act.
What happened? When? Where? Anyone injured?
Vehicle license number and vehicle description.
Direction of travel.
Description of persons (including clothing). When describing suspects, notice age, race, sex, height and weight. Compare your own weight and height with the suspect’s. Pick out some unique characteristics (scars, noses, jewelry, etc.) that will help you identify the suspect in the future if need be.