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Welcome to the City of Berkeley Police Department's Online CRIME Reporting System. This system allows you a quick and easy way to submit a police report, anytime, day or night, documenting a variety of crime incidents:

You can use this system so long as:

  • This is a non-emergency matter;
  • There are NO known witnesses or suspects and there are NO investigative leads, such as credit card/cell phone usage that has already occurred, or you are able to electronically track the location of your property;
  • The incident occurred within the Berkeley city limits, but not on University of California property or on a freeway;
  • You have an email address.

If you are reporting an emergency or an in-progress crime, please call 9-1-1 or 510-981-5911 from your cell phone

  • To report a Berkeley incident which does not meet the above criteria, please call the BPD Non Emergency Dispatch number - (510) 981-5900.
  • To report an incident which occurred on the University of California Campus or UC Property, call the University of California (Berkeley) Police Department (UCPD) at (510) 642-6760.
  • To report an incident that happened on a freeway, call California Highway Patrol (CHP) at (707) 551-4100.
  • Important ! You cannot report any stolen vehicle license plate on this system as we need to enter the plate(s) into SVS (Stolen Vehicle System) computer database as soon as possible. Please call (510) 981-5900 for stolen, missing or lost vehicle plates.


Incident Type   Definition   Examples
Harrassing Phone Calls    Repeated, Unwanted phone calls of an annoying or threatening nature.  For more information Immediate hang-ups, obscene language with no known suspect.
Identity Theft    Obtaining someone else's personal identifying information and using it to get credit, goods or services.  For more info/resources Someone obtains a credit card using your SSN or gets phone service using your personal information.
Theft  Your property is taken without your permission
For more information/resources 
Property known to be stolen and missing may be reported. Lost property is not a theft.
Theft from Vehicle and Auto Burglary 

Property is stolen from a unlocked motor vehicle or car broken into and items stolen.
For more information/resources

Property is stolen from a vehicle. An auto burglary may be reported if the vehicle was locked, entry was made, whether or not anything was taken.
Vandalism The act of defacing, changing or modifying public or private property. For more information/resources Graffiti, knocking over mailbox, throwing rocks through a window etc. Permanent damage.
Vandalism to Vehicle   Tampering with a vehicle. For more information Keying, breaking window, side mirror or wipers.


Upon completion of the online reporting process:

  • You will receive a temporary report number;
  • Your report will be reviewed within two business days;
  • Upon approval, a permanent Berkeley Police Department report number and a PDF e-copy of your report will
    be emailed to you.

Please note:

  • All cases filed using this system will be reviewed for approval.
  • If further investigation of your case is needed, you may be contacted for additional information.
  • Filing a false police report is a violation of California Penal Code Section 148.5, which prohibits the filing of a false report of a criminal offense.


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