Why Report a Crime

You can play an important part in helping to keep yourself, your loved ones and community safe by reporting crimes committed against you or someone else.

By sharing information you have about a crime that has or may be committed or about someone involved in committing a crime, you may help the police solve crimes and help prevent future crimes from taking place.

Importance of Reporting a Crime

There are good reasons for reporting a crime.

  • You or someone else may need protection from the person who committed the crime.
  • It can help to protect you, your loved ones and community from future crimes. 
  • It can give you an opportunity to deal with the harm done to you or others.
  • When police are called as soon as possible, there is a better chance of arresting the person responsible.
  • Your report may stop someone from committing another crime.

Resources, including this website, are available for information about how to report a crime and to help you decide if you want to report the crime.

Youth and Child Safety

You have a legal obligation to report situations where a child or young person (under 19) needs protection because they, for example, are being abused, neglected or sexually exploited. You must report the matter to the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

For more information and to receive help making a report about a child or youth who needs protection, please call the Helpline for Children.

Victim Service Worker

If you would prefer to speak with someone other than police, you can receive information, support and referral from a victim service worker by calling VictimLinkBC.

Victim Services are available to anyone who has been a victim of crime in British Columbia. It is not necessary for you to report the crime to police to access some of these valuable services.  See the Victim Services for more information.

Jury Duty

A jury is a group of people who decide if an accused person in a criminal trial is guilty or if a claim in a civil trial has been proven. Learn more about jury duty.

Criminal Justice Glossary

Check our alphabetical list of criminal justice terms along with their definitions.
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