Public Safety


Did you know that the crime statistics for our neighborhood depend on activities actually being reported? Make sure the City’s law enforcement professionals are able to track real trends by contacting the right line at GRPD:

  • 911 – Emergency for a crime in progress, medical emergency, fire, something dangerous about to happen, or someone fleeing from a crime.
  • 616.456.3400 – Non-emergency for a crime that has taken place with no immediate threat, suspicious situation, person, or vehicle, and other non-emergency criminal activity, disturbances, and on-street drug sales where an officer response is needed.
  • 616.456.4800 –  Use this number to leave detailed information about drug house activities. Be specific as possible with who, when, where, etc.
  • 616.456.3403 or to provide further information, or to report an incident you do not expect an officer response for, but must be made for insurance purposes and to help GRPD track crime patterns in our neighborhood.
  • If you are not comfortable contacting the police directly, especially regarding an already reported crime for which more information is needed, you can get in touch anonymously with Silent Observer online or at 616.774.2345 OR TOLL FREE 1.866.774.2345.


How we can help

Home security surveys Let us know if you would like us to set up a home security survey with our GRPD Community Officer, JP Guerrero (now primarily assigned to Creston). You’re also welcome to read up on the basics here.

Bike licenses – We can apply a uniquely numbered sticker to your bicycle and place a record on file with the GRPD to assist with recovery should it be stolen.

National Night Out – We also host an annual family-friendly gathering where you can get to know your public safety officers. It’s always a lot of fun, and a great way for people who like planning parties to get involved.

Other information – Looking for tips on safety at home or in the community? We can help you find what you are looking for and arrange presentations by other entities working on specific issues or with specific populations. We’d also love to hear if you install any safety improvements like smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and motion-activated exterior lights. Use the contact page to get in touch!

NOBL’s public safety activities are a City of Grand Rapids Community Development-funded Program.


Prepare for emergencies by following steps like those compiled by Tuck. Similarly, has compiled answers to questions like Will a home security system detect fire? Can a wireless system be hacked? and How can I find the best home security service? at

Bankrate and Consumer Affairs both list improvements you can make for better security (most of the physical improvements are the same as we would recommend in a home security survey).

Need to learn basic online safety tips? Check out this video from the City of Grand Rapids on secure passwords and phishing. Did the warning come too late? Heart of West Michigan United Way now offers assistance with recovering from cybercrime in partnership with the National Cybercrime Victim Resource Database, including identity theft, hacked account/devices, financial/purchase scams, imposter scams and cyberbullying/harassment/stalking. To get started, call 2-1-1 to be connected to a specialist, text your zip code to 898211, or chat at