Police Information

For emergencies, call 911


To report suspicious activity, please call 703-558-2222

(put this number on you cell phone to have it with you
when you are walking the neighborhood)


Information on this page:

Arlington Alert - be informed

Contacting the Police

Crime Prevention Tips - both for the home and vehicle

How Can I Protect Myself? -

Avoiding robberies

What Should I Do If I am a Robbery Victim?

What Should I Do After the Robbery?


Targeted Tax Filing Phishing pdf file - from National Cyber Security -


Third District Team:


Captain Adrienne Quigley

Arlington County Police Department

Third District Commander

1425 N. Courthouse Road

Arlington, Va 22201

Office: 703 228-4097

Email: Aquigley@arlingtonva.us



Arlington Alert


A great way to stay informed and receive timely information:

Arlington Alert sends people who either live or work in Arlington County text messages. Individuals choose how they want to receive messages -- on their mobile phones, pagers, and/or in their e-mail boxes. These messages warn people about emergency situations.

About Arlington Alert
The Office of Emergency Management, in consultation with other relevant County departments or regional and state government entities, decides when to issue
Arlington Alert. The alerts go to subscribers who can choose both the device upon which to receive the alerts and sub-categories of alerts. These messages are usually issued to provide emergency information specific to Arlington; although, Arlington sometimes cooperates with other jurisdictions to issue messages on region-wide events or concerns. Arlington Alert is not a crime alert and/or a transit update service. Typical alert messages:

1. Events, either natural or man-made, that pose a threat to health/safety.

2. Serious, sudden or long-term traffic disruptions.

3. Unusual weather events.

4. Cyber alerts.

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Be Informed
Unless people are in the immediate area to witness an emergency situation, the chance that they will be quickly alerted to important safety information is minimal. Because text messaging is used by many people, it is an efficient effective means to immediately alert a segment of the population who can then warn others.


Sign Up
There is no cost to register for Arlington Alert. All it takes is completing a simple form. Each registrant chooses the devices on which he/she wants to receive messages.



Contacting Police


To report suspicious activity, please call 703-558-2222.

For emergencies, call 911


To report an abandoned bicycle: 703-228-4057. You will need to describe the bicycle, note the address where the bicycle is located, and tell us how long the bike has been there.


To report an abandoned vehicle on a county street: (703) 228-4144.


To report a Street Light Outage: (703) 228-6570. You will need to provide the exact location of the street light(s) and a pole number. A pole number typically begins with two letters. Some street lights are serviced by Dominion Virginia Power, while others are serviced by Arlington County. Arlington County poles are black with yellow text.


To report Graffiti on public or private property: 703-558-2222


Police reports can be made Online:



Visit the County website for police activity and Crime Reports.



Crime Prevention Tips


Vehicle Security:

Lock all vehicle doors.

Remove valuables from vehicle.

Never leave a GPS device affixed to the windshield when not in use, remove and store in console, glove box, or better yet, inside a home.

Lock your vehicle even when parked in a garage.

If your vehicle has an alarm, please activate when vehicle not in use.

If you have an alarm service, I.e., On-Star, Lojack, please keep current on monthly fees (in-service).

Be familiar with your vehicle information (VIN, Registration number, Insurance carrier) should an incident occur.

Never leave your vehicle idling without someone in the vehicle.

Never leave a spare key hidden within the vehicle.

Never leave a key in the ignition (unattended).


Home Security:

Lock all doors and windows to the home when away (vacation, running errands, etc.). This holds true at night when you are sleeping.

If the home has an alarm system, please use it.

If you have an attached garage, please close the door. If on vacation, deactivate the automatic garage door opener.

Change your alarm code every once in a while.

Lock all interior doors leading to the main house. This includes basement and garage doors.

Use exterior lighting. Flood lights, motion detectors, lamp posts are essential to deterrence.

Trim bushes around windows.

Do not leave valuables in plain view of a window, I.e. a purse sitting on a table next to a door or window.

If you "hide" a door key on the exterior of the home, be sure it's well hidden. It's better to give the key to a neighbor.

If you have extension ladders in the tool shed, under a deck, etc., it's worth securing with a lock.

Secure all tool sheds (easy source of tools to gain entry to your home).

Be conscientious of open second story windows, decks, or other means criminals may use to climb to a second story window.

Make sure deadbolts are installed on exterior doors (single key, double key).

Consider enhanced locking devices for sliding windows (pins).

Get to know your neighbors, your neighborhood, watch out for each other.

If you notice suspicious persons or activity, call the non-emergency police number (703-558-2222) and report it.


How Can I Protect Myself?


Some people take foolish risks and some of them lose. If a robber threatens you with a gun, your chances of safely disarming him or her is small.


To be prepared, your best protection lies in thinking ahead, "What would I do if this happened to me?" If you don't have a plan you may panic or do something to cause the robber to panic and hurt you.

Be aware of your surroundings. Walk with a purpose, head up, and looking around. Stay in lighted areas at night. The robber doesn't want to be seen.

Stay with the crowd there is safety in numbers.

Women should carry their wallet in their pocket, not their purse.

If you carry a purse, carry it close to your body, like a football player carries a football. Do not place the strap across your body or over your shoulder. When the robber grabs your purse, you may be pulled along with the robber until the strap breaks and you are injured.

Don't leave a purse on a counter or in a shopping cart unattended.

Men should consider carrying two wallets, one of them filled with cut up paper. Most robbers are not going to go through the wallet until they have fled to safety.

Be cautious when wearing "flashy" jewelry.

Be conscious of people just "hanging around" anywhere, especially near pay phones, public rest rooms, building entrances and garages.

Notify the police of strangers who are hanging around your home, apartment or place of business for no apparent reason.

Take the profit out of robbery by not carrying large sums of money, or credit cards on your person whenever possible.

Vary your routine don't do the same thing at exactly the same time every day.

Be aware of people around you when you are using your automatic teller machine (ATM) card. When possible, use an ATM that is located inside a business such as a grocery store.

Have your pay, social security, or retirement checks directly deposited into your bank account.

When you go to the bank, don't flash your cash.

Lock your car doors when your vehicle is unattended even if you will only be out of it for a "minute." This action may prevent a robber from hiding in your back seat awaiting your return.

While driving, keep your vehicle doors locked.

If you are walking and a vehicle is following you, reverse directions or cross the street.

If someone acts suspiciously, looks at you closely or follows you, head for bright lights and people and call the police.

Carry a whistle or other noise making device. Use it to call attention to yourself if threatened.


What Should I Do If I am a Robbery Victim?

DO NOT PANIC get a grip on yourself and stay calm. Take some deep breaths.

DO NOT RESIST the robber wants your valuables, not you. "Things" can always be replaced ... you cannot.

OBEY THE ROBBER'S INSTRUCTIONS listen closely to what the robber says and do not argue. Try to remember the exact words spoken by the robber as it may help with the police investigation.

BE ALERT notice what is happening.

LOOK FOR DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS look for things that cannot be changed such as scars, marks, tattoos, limps, accents, etc.

WEAPONS take careful note of any weapons. You will have to describe it later to the police. If the robber indicates that there is a weapon in his pocket, assume it is a gun. If the robber has a gun, assume it is loaded.

DESCRIPTION OF ROBBER compare the robber to your own height and weight to estimate the size of your attacker.

COOPERATE WITH THE POLICE if you are robbed, or see someone else being robbed, report it to the police immediately.


What Should I Do After the Robbery?

Notify the police immediately and be prepared to tell them:

1. the address, with an exact location in the building;

2. as complete a description as possible of the robber(s);

3. whether or not a weapon was implied or used. If you saw the weapon, a good description including the type, for example, if it was a handgun what style (revolver or semi-automatic), or other weapons such as knives, crowbars, etc.;

4. a description of any vehicle used and the number of people in the vehicle;

5. the direction of travel; and

6. any words spoken by the robber(s).

While waiting for the police to arrive, lock the doors and do not touch anything. Keep everyone away from the hold-up area and guard anything that may have been touched by the robber(s).

Save anything left behind by the robber(s) such as a note, weapon, bag, clothing and do not handle any of these items.

While waiting for the police, do not discuss the crime with other witnesses. All those involved should make individual notes of the information they have while it is fresh in their minds


To a thief, there's nothing like a motor vehicle. It's self-propelled and fully equipped for a fast get-away. The vehicle and its components are items in steady demand.

Stolen vehicles are frequently used to aid in the commission of more serious crimes, especially robbery, abduction, assault, and burglary. The definition of theft is to take the property of another wrongfully, with the intent to permanently deprive the owner.