The Asheville Police Department provides several ways citizens and visitors can report criminal activity, including an anonymous reporting tool.

For all emergency situations, including crimes in progress, call 9-1-1.

How to report a crime

For all emergency situations, including crimes in progress, call 9-1-1.

For non-emergency situations, individuals can report crime by:

  • TIP2APD is a tool that provides the public with the ability to anonymously share tips with police officers and create a 2-way anonymous conversation between the tipster and the Detective. The smartphone application is free for iPhone and Android users by searching “Asheville PD” in your app store. Individuals without a smartphone can share information anonymously via text tip by texting 847411, using the keyword “tip2apd” and including detailed information.
  • Call the Asheville Police Department’s non-emergency number at (828) 252-1110.
  • Online tips and non-emergency police reports can be submitted through the Asheville Police Department’s Police to Citizen tool.
  • Visit the Asheville Police Department’s front desk, located in the Municipal Building (100 Court Plaza), from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Tips for reporting a crime

If a crime is in progress, or you have just witnessed or experienced a crime, try to get to safety first.

When talking to a 911 dispatcher, keep in mind the following:

  • The first question you will be asked is, “Where is your emergency?
    • Be as specific as possible. Provide an address if you know it.
    • If you don’t know the address, provide a street name or identify landmarks around you.
  • Let the dispatcher know if anyone is hurt or needs medical assistance.
  • Be prepared to provide a description of the physical characteristics and clothing of the victim/perpetrator (such as gender, height, age, race, and clothing color/type) when possible.


Asheville Police Department
100 Court Plaza
Asheville NC, 28801