Submit Crime Tips

Police Non-Emergency Line  (847) 289-2700

If you would like assistance unrelated to an emergency, this non-emergency number will direct you to police or city personnel who may help with your needs. Crime tips may also be conveyed to the operator, who will provide the information to the appropriate officer(s), or refer you to the officer(s), directly.

Text Tip through Internet


Send Text to

Anyone with a cell phone can now send an anonymous tip to the Elgin Police Department by texting 847411 and including ELGINPD in the beginning of the text (as shown below), along with the message and/or tip information.

The Elgin Police Department utilizes tip411, an internet based tool that enables the public to text message an anonymous tip to the police, and allows the police to respond back, thus creating an anonymous, two-way "chat."  This is part of a national program in which agencies in over 27 states are currently launching.  With this program, citizens are offered another outlet to play an active role in keeping their neighborhoods safe.  This process is 100% anonymous; the technology removes all identifying information.


Anonymous Crime Line
(847) 695-4195

The Anonymous Crime Line was established to offer citizens a safe and anonymous way to assist the police by reporting suspicious circumstances or criminal activity.

Persons with information about a crime or the whereabouts of a wanted suspect should call the 24-hour confidential tip line at (847) 695-4195 and leave a message with the information that could assist the police with their investigations. The message on the Crime Line is in English and Spanish.

You do not have to leave your name. Line tips are held in the strictest confidence. However, it is helpful if you do leave your name and phone number in the event a detective needs additional information. Again, all information is confidential and no one will ever know that you called the police.

Report Gang and Drug Activity Online

If you wish, you can complete an online form and press submit to send the form to the police department. You can send this form anonymously; however, if you choose, you may include your contact information. Tips that lead to significant felony arrests or the prevention of a serious crime may result in a cash award up to $1,000.

Graffiti Hotline
(847) 931-5599

To report graffiti, call the Graffiti Hotline at (847) 931-5599.