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Online Reporting System

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Online Reporting System


Welcome to the Novato Police Department Online Police Reporting System.

If this is an emergency or someone is in danger,

please call 911.


The Online Police Reporting System allows you to initiate a police report for a variety of crimes and then print a copy of the submission for your records. Also, certain types of reported activity will be directed to the appropriate resource within the Novato Police Department for timely review and consideration. Not all reported activity will generate an online police report. Please read instructions carefully.


Please confirm the following to determine if filing a police report online is right for you:

  • This is not an emergency
  • This incident occurred within the Novato City limits

Note: A Novato resident may file an online police report for Identity Theft that occurred outside Novato City limits.

  • There are no known suspects (Specific identifiable information to include a name, address, license plate number, etc)
  • The value of loss is less than $1,000
  • The event did not occur on a state freeway
  • You have a valid email address

If you answered ‘yes’ to all of the above questions, you are ready to file your report or provide information online.


Please Note:

  • All cases filed and information provided using the Online Police Reporting System will be reviewed.
  • Upon review, if further investigation of your case is needed, you may be contacted.
  • Filing a false police report is a crime. The Novato Police Department will aggressively prosecute false reports.


Click Here to Read Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Select Incident Type

Incident Type



Hate Incident   

An act committed because of one or more of the following actual or perceived characteristics of the victim:

Disability, Gender, Nationality, Race or Ethnicity, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived above characteristics. 

Hate-Motivated Insults, Distributing hate material in public places, Displaying hate material on your own property.

Any act, not constituting a crime, of Interfering with, oppressing or threatening any other person in the free exercise or employment or any right or privilege secured by the constitution or laws because of one or more of the actual or perceived characteristics of the victim.

Identity Theft/ Fraud


Unauthorized use of an individual's personal identifying information to obtain credit, goods or services.

Someone opens an account using any of your personal identifying information. Someone uses your credit card/debit card number to make a purchase without your permission.

Abandoned Vehicle


Use this to report vehicles that have been abandoned, or appear to be abandoned, on a City street.

A vehicle parked on the street fronting your residence for 3 days.

Harassing Phone Call


Unwanted phone calls of an annoying, harassing or threatening nature.

Immediate hang-ups, obscene language, etc. with no known suspects.

Lost Property

When property is missing or lost.

Property that is missing, leaving items in restaurant, or missing from home.



Your property is taken without your permission.

Property known to be stolen and missing may be reported. Lost property is not a theft.



The act of changing, modifying or defacing public or private property.

Graffiti, knocking over mail box, throwing rock through windows, etc.

Vehicle Tampering

Tampering with a motor vehicle.

Keying, broken windows, or attempts to remove parts.

The submissions listed below will not generate a police report but will be reviewed by the Novato Police Department to determine appropriate action.

Incident Type



Suspicious Circumstance


Activity, inactivity, or behavior which tends to arouse the suspicions of a reasonable citizen.

High volume of vehicular traffic to and from an abandoned dwelling.

Suspected Drug Activity


Activity or behavior that, more likely than not, tends to indicate illicit drug activity is occurring within the City of Novato.

Transfers of concealed items between vehicles. Appearance, odor, or condition of a dwelling inconsistent with normal habitation.



A semi-permanent or permanent encampment used for residency or gathering where potential public safety and health concerns exist.

On public or private property, a site where normal household functions are performed that may endanger public or environmental safety.


If the crime you wish to report does not meet these criteria, contact the Novato Police Department by phone at 415-897-4361 or visit us at
909 Machin Ave., Novato CA.


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