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For life-threatening or time critical

emergencies: 

  • call 000
  • for the hearing/speech impaired call TTY 106

Only use the 000/106 emergency service when an immediate response is required, to contact police while a crime is happening or if someone is in immediate danger.

Before you call 000 or (TTY) 106, decide which emergency service you need:

  • Police;
  • St John Ambulance; or
  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). 

More information:

For non-emergency situations (police assistance):

  • call police on 131 444
  • for the hearing/speech impaired call TTY 106

You may be required to attend your local police station, however, in many cases the operator will be able to provide information to you about police matters or take an incident report from you on the telephone, and issue you with an incident report number. 

SMS Assist

SMSAssist© is a text messaging service for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, which can be used for contacting WA Police and requesting assistance.

It should not be relied upon in extreme emergencies andthe service only applies to Western Australia. 

Crime Stoppers

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to report information about any criminal activity and in some cases a reward may be issued.

Crime Stoppers is staffed between 7am and 11pm weekdays and 8am to 8pm on weekends. Calls can be made anonymously. 

How to report specific crimes

Report a missing person

Reports will not be taken over the phone or by email—except if the matter is urgent, such as the disappearance of a young child or frail elderly person. In that circumstance, a preliminary report will be taken over the phone and police attendance will be organised.

If the person reporting is unable to attend at a police station due to age, sickness, or disability, police attendance can be arranged by calling 131 444.

Reports will not be taken:

  • When a person is sought in relation to debt, maintenance or divorce proceedings;
  • for the purpose of tracing long lost relatives. The Salvation Army have a Family Tracing Service and may be able to assist.

When a missing person is found  

Many missing persons, once found, do not want their location divulged. Police will not divulge the whereabouts of the located person if he or she is an adult and objects to an enquirer being advised of their address.

Report acts of terrorism

If you see or hear anything that you believe to be a terrorist-related activity, telephone the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400

More information:

Report burglary

Call police on 131 444 if your home or business has been burgled.

It is really important that you don't touch anything. This will protect any evidence that may exist. For example, where a door may be broken or a window smashed. If there is evidence (such as footprints or a weapon) outside and there is a threat of rain, cover it up with a box or tarpaulin.

If you have witnessed, or are witnessing, a burglary or break-in take place (the offender is still on the premises), you should call police on 131 444 immediately.

Questions you may be asked:

  • A description of the individual(s), such as gender, age, height, tattoos, clothing, etc.
  • If there is a car involved, what is the registration and description, such as make, model, colour, etc.

More information:

Report rape or sexual assault

Call police on 131 444 to report an incident of rape or sexual assault.

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted it is important not to wash, eat or drink as this will hinder the police and medical specialists in collecting forensic evidence.

It is also important not to wash your clothes (or bedding, if this is where the assault took place) as more evidence can be gathered from these.

Questions you may be asked:

  • What is the address where the incident occurred?
  • Are you the victim or is another person?
  • Do you (or does the victim) need an ambulance?
  • Do you know the offender?
  • Can you describe the offender? (gender, ethnic appearance, age, height, build, complexion, hair style and colour, facial hair, tattoos, clothing, etc)
  • Do they have a vehicle? Can you describe the vehicle (registration number, make, model, colour)?

More information:

Sexual Assault Resouce Centre (SARC)
SARC Crisis Line: (08) 9340 1828
or FreeCall 1800 199 888

Report stealing

Call police on 131 444 if you have witnessed, or you are the victim of, a stealing offence.

The operator will take an incident report, issue you with an incident report number and if necessary, arrange for police to attend.

Questions you may be asked:

  • What exactly has been stolen and what is the value of it?
  • What is the address where the incident has taken place?
  • What is the registration number of the vehicle? (if the property stolen is a vehicle)
  • Were any weapons involved? Describe the weapon/s (if the incident is related to stealing with violence)

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