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Report a Crime

Anonymously report a campus crime through Silent Observer

  • Phone: (616) 774-2345
    • Call Silent Observer with your information about a crime. The operator will not ask for your name.
    • Give the operator as much information as you can.
    • The operator will give you your confidential ID number.
  • Text Message: TXT CRIMES (274637) include Keyword Tip138 in MSG
    • The keyword TIP138 must appear on the first line of your text message in order to reach Silent Observer.
    • You will then receive an automatic text message reply that will contain your confidential ID number.
    • Silent Observer will be able to send text messages back to you without knowing your cell phone number to ask questions or gather more information.
  • By Web:  www.silentobserver.org
    • Give as much information as you can.
    • After submission you will receive your confidential ID number.
    • Silent Observer will be able to write you back without knowing your email address.

What happens after I contact Silent Observer?

  • After two days call (616)454-9110, between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM , to see if your tip earned a reward. You will be asked the ID number of the tip, which is necessary to claim the reward. 
If your tip leads to a confirmation of a student in violation of the law or to the solution of a crime, you will receive a $50 reward. If a weapon is recovered, the reward is $100.