Waukegan Police Department Anonymous TIP Reporting and Alerts

The Waukegan Police Department is pleased to announce the implementation of a cell phone and web-based application which will allow citizens to report tips to us. Our ability to solve crimes, and create a safer city has a lot to do with the involvement of its citizens. The Waukegan Police Department will be able to send out alerts through the program as well for those who wish to receive them, and sign up with the alerts link (click on the tab to the left).  

The Waukegan Police Department is embracing new technologies which will allow us to open up a two-way line of communication that will enable citizens to anonymously provide us with information that will assist us in the solving of crimes and create a safer community. You can even attach photographs and videos after you submit an initial tip!

When you submit a tip via any of the three options, it is sent to a 3rd party tip service, which acts as a privacy buffer between you and the Waukegan Police Department in order to protect your identity and your contact information. If you have a tip for the Waukegan Police Department, you can utilize any of the three options listed below to help provide vital information on crimes, criminals, or those engaging in illicit or criminal activity which will assist us in keeping the City of Waukegan safe for everyone.


To send an anonymous tip via text message to the Waukegan Police Department, text the keyword WPDTIP (space) and your tip to 847411.


In addition to submitting tips, tip411 assists the Waukegan Police Department in communicating with community members on important public safety matters by sending public safety alerts. Community members can sign up for all Waukegan Police Department alerts or customize their alerts. Types of alerts may be public safety messages, re-routing traffic due to an accident, or other public safety matters.





When the text message is sent to the Waukegan Police Department the tipster’s cellular phone number is completely anonymous and is never received by the Waukegan Police Department.This service is being provided to the public for non-emergency use, tips may not be received by us until the following day.

OPTION 3 - click on the tab to the left. 

This program is not meant for Police Response for non-emergency or emergency services. Please contact the non-emergency number or 911 for those needed services.

In the event of an emergency, you should always contact 9-1-1.