The Asheville Police Department provides a number of ways that 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 anonymous share tips with police officers, as well as create a 2-way anonymous conversation between the tipster and the Detective. The smartphone applications is available for free download for both iPhone and Android users by searching “Asheville PD” in your app store. Individuals without a smartphone can share information anonymous via text tip by texting 847411, using 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, clothing color/type) when possible.


Asheville Police Department
100 Court Plaza
Asheville NC, 28801