The Palo Alto Police Department and your neighbors need your assistance in the fight against crime. It is this reason that information on how to recognize and report suspicious activity was complied.
You or your neighbor may have observed a crime in progress. What you have observed could be completely innocent or criminal activity. What should you do? Do not hesitate to call the police immediately. Never fail to call because you think the situation is too small or insignificant, or that it will bother the police. If, after investigation, the activity is found to be innocent, it will be regarded as such by the investigating officer.
Here is a list of suspicious activities that should be reported to the police. (This list is by no means complete.)
Do not investigate suspicious activity yourself. Let the police do it. They have the training and the skills. Your role is to act as our eyes and ears, and then phone the police department with your information.
Follow these steps when reporting a crime to the police:
Help us help you. Opening your eyes to your surroundings can mean closing your neighborhood to crime.