Places If you know more or less WHERE something occurred, but you do not have a description of the person, vehicle, or even animal involved, this is the category. Examples include shots fired, someone screaming in a terrified manner, the sound of a cat stuck in a storm drain, animal “hording”, the sound of a car crash nearby, or even a report of an unresponsive individual on the ground (“down and out”). This category is also useful for reporting buildings or vacant land where there is “squatting”, drug trafficking, or other unusual or concerning activity. Once you have more information about subject(s) involved, come back and identify them with narrative and tags. Animals Use this category to report animals that are lost, found, in danger, abused/neglected, or even those that are posing a danger to others. Keep in mind that the pet you have lost and are anxious to find might be the same animal another is reporting as having found, or even posing a danger to others somewhere. The most effective method we have for matching your topic or post to that of another user is with the use of tags. When you select tags that describe the animal you are reporting or its behavior, similar posts or topics (if they exist) can be found in the search bar above. Stolen Vehicles This category is where you would report vehicles stolen or recovered. Please use tags to identify the make, model, class, and year of manufacture. For questions regarding car classes (“sedan”, “coupe”, etc.), please check out this article we like: https://auto.ndtv.com/news/types-of-cars-1450327. Tags help us match your report to other reports that might be related. What if the car you are reporting as stolen is later reported here as found? Tags help us match the two. Missing Persons This category is for resolving local missing persons cases. You can post a new missing persons topic, post helpful comments or questions about existing missing persons topics, or link to topics in other categories that potentially mention the same incident, vehicle, suspect, etc. The most important thing you can do to help match your report with reports others have made that might be related is by adding tags to your topic describing the person missing, the perpetrator (if known), vehicles involved (if known), or any other information. This forum’s search bar uses a special tool that tries to match similar topics and posts based on the tags applied. Someone reported missing in this category might have been reported behaving suspiciously in another category. Please also check out another tool for finding missing persons, https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Search. Suspects In this category, you may report anyone you suspect of committing a crime. This category is different from “suspicious persons” in that a crime is being alleged in this category. Please describe the alleged crime, as well as the suspect in the narrative of the topic. Then use the tags to select alleged crime and description of the suspect. Tags help us match your report to other reports that might be related. What if the person you are reporting has done this before?! Suspicious Persons This category is where members can discuss persons who are behaving suspiciously. The “suspicious” persons have not been observed committing a crime (yet). If the persons have been observed committing a crime, then the more appropriate category to discuss the person’s behavior would have been the “suspects”. Suspicious Vehicles If you see a vehicle that you think is suspicious, this is the place to report it. If the vehicle is clearly already involved in the commission of a crime, please report it in the category “Suspects”. If you want to report a vehicle as stolen, report it in the “Stolen Vehicles” category. No matter which category you use to report the vehicle, the most important step is to identify the make, model, class, and year of manufacture of the vehicle. You can do this using the “optional tags”. Tags enable us to match your report of a suspicious vehicle with another person’s report of their stolen vehicle. Roads This category is for reporting road conditions. Road conditions can include a vehicle accident, snow-packed roads, or anything drivers would want to know about the road ahead of them. Please use the tags to identify the road condition most closely matching what you are reporting.