Crime in Reno

Crime Statistics, Reports, and Prevention in Reno Neighborhoods

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Always dial 911 for any life-threatening or other serious emergency.

Reno certainly has its share of crime and like any other city, there are good neighborhoods and bad neighborhoods. We do, however, have excellent police services and resources to help citizens make Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County safer and better places to live.

Reno Crime Statistics

This online crime reports tool lets citizens see recent crime activity all across Reno and Washoe County. Users enter an address to begin a search. You will be presented with icons on a map of the target area, showing types of crimes and where they occurred. Click on the icons for expanded information about the incident. Filters allow you to see everything or narrow down the results to specific types of crimes. You'll get a better idea of what this tool can show you by conducting various searches and familiarizing yourself with its capabilities.

Another source of crime information for Reno and the surrounding area is This site isn't completely up-to-date, but it displays several years' worth of statistics and other interesting crime-related information.

Neighborhood Watch Program

Neighborhood Watch Programs are a cooperative effort between neighbors. They are set up and run by citizens with guidance from local police departments. Over the years, Neighborhood Watch has proven to be an effective tool for reducing crime and preventing it before it happens. Crooks are less likely to attempt burglaries and other crimes when it is highly likely someone is watching. The program is also valuable for keeping neighbors informed during emergencies. To learn more about setting up a Neighborhood Watch group, refer to this "Neighborhood Watch Information Brochure."

In Sparks, the police officer working with Neighborhood Watch can be reached at (775) 353-2450.

Secret Witness

Secret Witness provide a mechanism for citizens to anonymously provide information about crimes. If you have information to help prevent or solve a crime, call the Secret Witness hotline at (775) 322-4900. You will remain completely anonymous, but be given an ID number so you can be eligible for a reward should your information help solve a crime.

As an alternative to calling, you can submit a Secret Witness report online. You can also Text-A-Tip to (775) 847-411, Keyword: SW.

Reno Police Department

The Reno Police Department offers numerous services to the community in addition to its law enforcement functions. The department operates under a philosophy of community oriented policing and problem solving.

Reno Police Department Main Station: 455 E. Second Street, Reno, NV 89502
Non-emergency dispatch: (775) 334-2121 (dial 911 only for genuine emergencies)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Neil Road Substation, 3905 Neil Road (in Miguel Ribera Park)
Phone: (775) 334-2550
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for telephone and walk in reports.

CitiCenter Substation, 333 N. Center Street
Phone: (775) 689-2960
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for telephone and walk in reports.

Refer to the Reno Police Department web page for other police department phone numbers.

The Police Reporting System lets citizens submit police reports of various types. If the issue involves animals, however, contact Washoe Animal Control at (775) 322-3647.

Sparks Police Department

The Sparks Police Department serves Washoe County's second largest incorporated city. Operations are similar to those in Reno, but you can visit the website to learn more about various community programs and to access a list of department phone numbers. Sparks also has a system for filing online police reports.

Sparks Police Department: 1701 East Prater Way, Sparks, NV 89434
Non-emergency dispatch: (775) 353-2231
Front desk Police Assistant: (775) 353-2428
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Washoe County Sheriff's Office

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office serves unincorporated areas of the county. The sheriff's office operates the main Washoe County jail facility and is the lead agency responsible for Regional Animal Services.

Washoe County Sheriff's Office: 911 Parr Boulevard, Reno, NV 89512
Non-emergency front desk: (775) 328-3001
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Nevada Highway Patrol / Department of Public Safety

The Nevada Highway Patrol / Department of Public Safety is primarily responsible for patrolling and law enforcement along Nevada's highways and byways. Other functions include commercial vehicle enforcement, state parole and probation, emergency management, and the State Capitol Police.

If you need to contact the Nevada Highway Patrol while out and about, you can make a free cellphone call to *NHP or *647. Use this number to report drunk drivers, traffic accidents, stranded or disabled motorists, or any suspicious incidents you witness on Nevada's highways. The Nevada Highway Patrol website also features an online form for reporting suspicious activity.

Nevada Highway Patrol Northern Command West: 357 Hammill Lane, Reno, NV 89511
Non-emergency office: (775) 688-2500