Observation and Reporting Techniques

The WA Police Force depends upon information provided by the community to contribute to investigations, research and evaluation. Even if it does not lead to immediate police attention, a lot of what you see and hear is valuable information for the WA Police Force. As Neighbourhood Watch participants, you can provide this information directly to police through Crime Stoppers.

What is happening? What did you observe? Do you remember what you saw? Note it down!

We don’t care if your spelling isn't the best or how you relay this information. Your information is important to us, so please share and provide as much detail as possible.

Training scenarios

Scenario 1 - Bus Stop

Scenario 2 - Construction Site

Scenario 3 - Dumping

Scenario 4 - Car Park

Scenario 5 - Suspicious Activity

Scenario 6 - Suspicious Person

Scenario 7 - Suspicious vehicle at Park

Scenario 8 - Workers

Tips for observations


Start from the top and work down. The face contains the most detail and features. If you start from their head and work down to their shoes you will gather information in an order you can remember. Even if they turn or run away, you may still be able to identify height, approximate age, build and clothing.


Start with vehicle registration number. Try to get the driver description and then as the car travels away you may still be able to identify the make, model, colour and identifiable markings.

How do I share my information?

  • Report online – visit the Crime Stoppers website and make a report (you can add photos).
  • Email your information – Scan your notepad and send to Crime Stoppers.
  • Call Crime Stoppers – 1800 333 000.