Suspicious persons, vehicles and noises

What is Suspicious Activity?

The success of the Bloomington Police Department is enhanced by the active involvement of the citizens of Bloomington. When you call to report suspicious activity, you aid not not only the Police Department, but you make your neighborhood and community a safer place in which to live and work. 

Suspicious activity is an occurrence that is out of place in your neighborhood. Many times people notice something suspicious but do not call the Police Department because they assume someone else has. Don't assume! Make the call to 911. If the suspicious activity has already been reported, the dispatcher will tell you. Your role as a concerned citizen and good neighbor is to report whatever you think is wrong or suspicious. 

When you call to report suspicious activity, be calm and ready to provide as many of the following facts as you have available. Your information will help the officers have a clearer picture of what they may encounter when they arrive on scene:

  • What happened?
  • Where and when did it occur?
  • Is anyone injured?
  • Description of vehicle(s)
  • License plate number(s)
  • Time and directions of travel of suspect(s)
  • Description of suspect(s) - clothing, appearance, build, race, gender

Printable brochure on reporting suspicious activity

Examples of Suspicious Persons and Activities

  • A stranger entering a neighbor's yard or home or a business when it appears no one is at the property
  • You see someone removing property or materials from a closed business or at an unusual hour
  • When someone flees or runs away form a car or home when they notice you are watching or have seen them
  • When you hear someone screaming
  • If you hear unusual sounds such as breaking glass or pounding noises
  • Persons walking or bicycling down the street carrying property or household items in an awkward manner
  • Slow moving cars, cars driving without headlights or someone conducting business from a car 
  • When someone tries to sell you something really cheap out of the trunk of a vehicle (it's likely the items are stolen or phony)
  • Someone who is hanging out in dark or obscure areas
  • Someone going door-to-door or wandering with no purpose
  • A person looking into car or house windows

After you have called the police, you may also want to contact your neighbors and let them know what you saw or what occurred so your neighbors can be on the look out. When persons get involved and stay informed crime can be deterred. If your neighborhood does not have a Neighborhood Watch group, consider starting one.