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What is suspicious activity and how do you report it?

The success of the Bloomington Police Department (BPD) is enhanced by the active involvement of Bloomington residents. When you call to report suspicious activity, you don’t only help BPD—you make your neighborhood a safer place. Don’t hesitate to call 911 directly. They will take your report. 

Many times people notice something suspicious but don’t call in to report it. Don’t assume someone else has already called BPD or that the information isn’t important.

How do I report?

Call the police first at 911 or the nonemergency number, 952-563-4900. Make the call yourself even if you have a Neighborhood Watch block captain.

  • Report what happened and the exact location.
  • Provide a detailed description.
  • Remain on the phone and stay calm.
  • Be prepared to answer follow-up questions. 

What things should I note?

Suspicious people:

  • Sex, age and race. 
  • Height and weight.
  • Hair color and style.
  • Complexion, scars or tattoos.
  • Clothing and general appearance.
  • Speech.

Suspicious vehicles:

  • License plate number.
  • Make, model, year and color.
  • Any marks, dents or unique characteristics.
  • Direction of travel and occupants.

For information, contact Crime Prevention Coordinator Katie Zerull at 952-563-8808 or