How to File a Police Report
To file a police report online, go to LAPDonline.org and click on home, scroll down then click on “file a police report online”.
Types of Crime Reports That Can Be Filed Online:
- Harassing Phone Calls: Any person who repeatedly, with the intent to annoy, telephones or makes contact by means of an electronic communication. For example, immediate hang-ups, obscene language, emails, text messages with no known suspects.
- Lost Property: Personal property that was unintentionally left by its true owner. For example, property left behind at an unknown location or left behind with no attempt to retrieve it.
- Vandalism: Any person who maliciously damages, destroys or defaces the property of another person. For example, knocking over a mailbox, spray painting a wall, or throwing a rock through a window.
- Theft: Personal property taken from a publicly accessible location. For example, a package is taken from your porch; or, you left your wallet behind in a restaurant, but when you attempted to go back to retrieve it, the wallet was no longer there.
- Theft from Vehicle: Theft from an unlocked or locked vehicle.
- Minor Traffic Collisions: Minor injuries and you have exchanged information
- Hit and Run: Damage caused by another vehicle in which the driver should have left information or fled the scene without stopping to provide information.
- VICE Tips: Tips may be reported filer may remain anonymous.
- Narcotics Tips: Tips may be reported filer may remain anonymous.
- Identity Theft: Crime location should be reported as the filer’s home residence address (regardless of where the crime is believed to have occurred), and reported to the filer’s local law enforcement agency for investigation.
- Hate Incident: A hate incident is any non-criminal act, including words, directed against a person(s) based on that person’s actual or perceived protected characteristics. Hate incidents do not violate criminal law statutes. Hate incidents are generally protected free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
To File an Illegal Dumping Report Online:
- Illegal Dumping: Willfully or intentionally depositing, dropping, dumping, placing, or throwing onto public or private property. Illegal dumping is reported and handled by the City of Los Angeles Department of Sanitation. Please click here to file a report.
Your incident must meet the following criteria:
- The incident is not an emergency.
- The incident occurred within the City of Los Angeles.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- No one was injured as a result of this incident.
- There are no known suspects.
- The incident did not occur on the state highway.
- No firearms were involved in the incident.
- You must have internet access and an email address.
Once you have submitted your report:
- You will immediately receive a temporary report number and be able to print a copy of the report you just made.
- All incidents reported using the Community Online Reporting Service will be reviewed, on average once every 24 hours (possibly longer on weekends and holidays), and upon approval will become an official police report.
- If further investigation of your reported incident is needed, you will be contacted by email or telephone.
- Once the report has been approved, a LAPD report number will be issued and a copy of the final report will be emailed back to you.
- Please click here to look up your Community Police Station and then click on the Division name to see the address and phone number.
- Supplemental Reports cannot be filed online. To add any additional information, please wait until you have received your final report with a LAPD report number and call your local police station to speak with the detective assigned to your case.
- Filing a false police report is a crime.Anyone filing a false police report may be prosecuted under California Penal Code section 148.5 PC. Filing a false police report is punishable by imprisonment in county jail not exceeding 6 months, or by fine not exceeding $1,000, or by both.
- If your incident does not meet the criteria for online reporting, please dial 1-877-ASK-LAPD (Toll Free)
- (1-877-275-5273) (Voice and TDD/TTY) for Non-Emergency Police Response.