How to Contact Authorities

Crimes, Emergencies, and Public Safety Issues

  • To report a crime that is in progress, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Also call 9-1-1 to report fires, medical emergencies and any emergencies related to public safety.
  • To report a non-emergency incident (a crime that has already occurred and the suspects are gone):
    • Call the SFPD non-emergency phone number at 415-553- 0123 to have an Officer dispatched to meet with you.
    • You may also go to any SFPD district station to make a report. Central Station is located at 766 Vallejo Street.
  • If you are concerned about a homeless person, call 3-1-1 to make a report.
    • The 3-1-1 staff will talk with you to determine if the call is referred to the San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (SF HOT) or other emergency response services.
    • For general program information about the SF HOT team, call 415- 355-7555.
  • The following crimes may be reported online at http://sanfranciscopolice.org/REPORTS:
    • Harassing Phone Calls: When you are experiencing annoying calls with no known suspects (e.g., hang-ups or heavy breathing).
    • Lost Property: When property has disappeared or you think it could have been stolen but you have no idea by whom.
    • Theft: When property is stolen but there has been no illegal entry or contact by the thief.
    • Vandalism/Graffiti: The act of changing, modifying or defacing public or private property, including graffiti.
    • Vehicle Burglary: When property was stolen from a vehicle.
    • Vehicle Tampering: Tampering with a motor vehicle, including vandalism/graffiti of the vehicle.
  • Do NOT report incidents in the following ways:
    • The Central District Police Station email account is NOT monitored daily and was not set up to take reports of criminal incidents or suspicious occurrences.
    • The Police Department does not and cannot view “Nextdoor” posts and chats. Please report incidents to the Police using the above methods rather than posting information about crimes and public safety issues on Nextdoor.

City Maintenance and Quality of Life Issues

  • Visit the SF 311 website or use the 3-1-1 mobile app to submit requests for:
    • Abandoned Vehicles
    • Graffiti
    • Illegal Postings
    • Street or Sidewalk Cleaning
    • Streetlight Repair
    • Blocked Sidewalk or Space
    • Damaged Public Property
    • Litter Receptacle
    • Park Issue
    • Sign Repair
    • Street and Sidewalk Defect
    • Tree Maintenance