Crime prevention

How to prevent crimes and protect your family and belongings.

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Contact a school resource officer

School resource officers help protect our schools and provide guidance to youth about the juvenile court system and programs available to them.

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Find cold weather emergency shelter

When extreme cold weather is expected, the Asheville Homeless Coalition issues a Code Purple Alert. Participating homeless shelters voluntarily add space beyond their normal capacity to keep as many people as possible out of the cold. To find out when Code Purple is in effect, visit the Homeless Coalition’s Code [...]

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Get a restraining order

Find out who can file for a protection order, what it covers, and where to go if you need one.

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Make a home inventory

Learn how having a home inventory is essential to insurance claims or property recovery efforts in case of a disaster, fire, or a burglary.

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Participate in National Night Out

Join this annual community-building campaign to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie

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Report crime using TIP2APD

This new tool, TIP2APD, enables the public to share anonymous tips with police officers and lets officers respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation. 

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Sign up for AVL Alert

Keep updated through the City of Asheville on emergency and non-emergency subscriptions.

Submit a tip to the police

Instructions on how to submit an anonymous tip to the police via text, phone, email, or using an online form.

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View crimes near me

The City provides multiple tools to explore crime statistics in your area, such as by neighborhood or within a certain distance from a specific address.

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Water quality and advisories

View the yearly water quality report, current advisories and outages, as well as register to be notified of advisories in your area.