Report a Crime
Crimes In Progress:
In the event of an emergency, always call or text 9-1-1. Calling 9-1-1 is preferred and texting to 9-1-1 should only be done when a phone call is not possible.
In a non-emergency when you need a police officer to respond, call METCAD’s non-emergency dispatch number at 217-333-8911.
By Completing a Police Report
Citizens may complete a police self-report form when there is no suspect information and no physical evidence available.
Please note that self-report submissions are not actively monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7). You must call 9-1-1 (emergency) or 217-333-8911 (non-emergency) if you need immediate assistance or need to have an officer dispatched. A self-report can be filed for the following crimes or incidents:
- Criminal Damage
- Criminal Mischief
- Lost Driver’s License or Registration Plate(s)
- Lost/Missing Property
For unemployment fraud: If you are a victim of unemployment fraud, please file a report with the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). If there is no suspect information, then IDES is the only agency that you need to file a report with. You can contact their fraud line at 1-800-814-0513 or report it through their website by clicking here.
For small business loan fraud: If you are a victim of a fraudulent small business loan, please file a report with the Small Business Administration (SBA). If there is no suspect information, then SBA is the only agency that you need to file a report with. You can file a report through their website by clicking here.
Please Note: Filing a false police report is a crime! (720 ILCS 5/26-1(4)) A person commits disorderly conduct when he/she knowingly: (4) Transmits or causes to be transmitted in any manner to any peace officer, public officer or public employee a report to the effect that an offense will be committed, is being committed, or has been committed, knowing at the time of such transmission that there is no reasonable ground for believing that such an offense will be committed, is being committed, or has been committed. Violation of this section is a Class 4 Felony which can result in fines and/or imprisonment.
By Visiting the Police Department
Upon arrival at the Department, a police officer will be assigned to assist you in completing a police report. Please note that if police call volume is high or if officers are handling a major scene, it may take a little longer for an officer to take your report.
Location: 82 E. University Ave., Champaign. Our lobby is open 24/7.
By Anonymous Tip
Champaign County Crime Stoppers is a completely independent, non-profit organization which allows citizens to provide the details of a crime completely anonymous. Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
Tips may be submitted by:
- phone: 217-373-TIPS (8477)
- online: 373tips.com; or
- the free “P3 Tips” mobile app (iTunes and Google Play Store)