Many people are unsure of the difference between 9-1-1 and 3-1-1. So which number should you call and what should you report?
When to use 9-1-1:
- When there is a police, fire, or medical emergency. Specifically, when there is a CURRENT threat to a person or property.
- Someone is injured either from an accident or from being the victim of crime
- A crime just occurred or is to occur
- You see smoke or fire
- Serious illness
When to use 3-1-1:
- Where there is NO CURRENT threat to a person or property, or for information.
- Non-serious crime that occurred sometime earlier
- Someone who is in custody for a crime and is under control
- Loud parties, barking dogs, minor fender benders, etc
- Inquiries on how to file or obtain copies of a police report
Know How to Describe Vehicles and People:
- Vehicles are described using the acronym CYMBALS
C = Color
Y = Year
M = Make and Model
B = Body Style (sedan, truck, van, etc)
A = Accessories
L = License Plate
S = State
People are described from head to toe:
- Is the person male or female?
- What is the person's age, height, weight?
- What is this person's hair, does this person have facial hair?
- What color hat, shirt, pants is this person wearing?
- Was this person wearing glasses? Jewelry? Walk with a limp? Have any scars or tattoos?
This information was sourced from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department www.lvmpd.com.