If you are the victim of a crime — or if you witness one — report it to the police.

Call 9-1-1 for crimes in progress and life-threatening emergencies. For non-emergencies, call 613-236-1222, ext. 7300. Contact Crime Stoppers to report a tip.

How the police can help

Visit the Ottawa Police Service website to find out:

  • how to report a theft, property damage, missing person or stolen vehicle
  • how the police can help
  • how to file a police report
  • how to make a traffic complaint
  • tips on making emergency calls

What to do

Call 9-1-1 for crimes in progress and life-threatening emergencies. For non-emergencies, call 613-236-1222, ext. 7300. Contact Crime Stoppers to report a tip.

If you witness or experience a crime, keep a good, clear record of the events. Write down all the facts and record details immediately following the incident, including:

  • Your name, location and phone number
  • A brief description of what occurred
  • Where and when the incident took place
  • Whether anyone needs medical assistance
  • If anyone is in danger
  • How many suspects are involved
  • A description of the suspect vehicle (if any) and license plate, if known
  • What type of weapon the suspect used, if any
  • Where and when was the suspect last seen
  • What the suspect looks like (gender, race, age, height, weight, hair color and length, clothing, facial hair, tattoos or scars)
  • Where the police should go to meet you or to respond to this incident
  • Any other relevant information