Did someone hit your car overnight? Did your bank contact you because someone used your credit card? Were items stolen from your car? If the suspect in these crimes is unknown, it is not necessary for a police officer to come out and take a report. The Alexandria Police Department offers online and telephone options for reporting specific crimes that are no longer in progress and have no known suspects. These options can help you report incidents such as:
• Larceny/theft (including a theft from a vehicle)
• Destruction or vandalism of property (with the exception of graffiti, which you can report here)
• Tampering with auto
• Hit and run (a car crash in which the driver of the striking vehicle does not leave contact info)
• Identity theft
• Harassing, annoying, or obscene phone calls
• Lost property
Option #1: Using the Alexandria Police Department Police Online Reporting System. By filing a report online, you will be given a temporary report number and notified by email of the permanent report number you may use for insurance purposes. You can access the online reporting form by visiting www.alexandriava.gov/Police.
Option #2: Calling Police Non-Emergency at 703.746.4444. If you call our non-emergency number, dispatchers will relay your name, contact number and summary of the crime to the Telephone Reporting Unit. You will be contacted within three business days to provide a report over the phone.
The Alexandria Police Department provides a system to report certain crimes and incidents online and by telephone, in order to increase the number of police officers available for community policing and emergency response. Online reports do not automatically initiate an investigation or assign a police officer to the case, however each and every report is reviewed by an investigative supervisor. Individuals making reports may be contacted if additional investigation is needed.
This approach was recommended by a staffing study conducted for the Alexandria Police Department in 2016 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.