Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information (i.e., your name, address, and social security number) to open credit card accounts, loans, etc., in your name without your permission. There are several ways in which thieves obtain your personal information, including: 

  • Stealing incoming or outgoing mail. 
  • Finding old bills or statements while rummaging through trash. 
  • Stealing computing equipment (laptops, personal computers, mobile devices, etc.) containing consumer information. 
  • Contacting you directly through social engineering or through e-mail (phishing). 

The following three credit reporting bureaus offer products and services designed to help you manage your credit rating as well as your risk of identity theft: 

Remember the FACT Act amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act entitles you to one free credit report in a 12-month period. You can learn more about this by visiting

If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft, file a report with the police as soon as possible. 


How to Report a Crime Online  

Please confirm the following to find out if online filing is right for you: 

  1. This is not an emergency. 
  2. This incident occurred within the Fresno City limits. 
  3. This did not occur on a state freeway. 
  4. This does not involve a motor vehicle and/or license plate theft. 
  5. This does not involve theft from someone unlawfully entering your home

If all the statements above apply to your case, you are ready to file your report online. 

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1. 

For non-emergencies, you may also call (559) 621-7000. 


Types of incidents that can be reported online:

  • Custody Order Violation 
  • Fraud and Identity Theft 
  • Harassing Phone Calls – excluding threats of imminent harm or death 
  • Hit & Run – Property damage only. 
  • Lost Property 
  • Theft – Except motor vehicles and license plates 
  • Supplemental Property Form – Add additional property to your original case number. 
  • Vandalism – Excluding graffiti 
  • Vehicle Burglary


Upon completion of this process, you will see a confirmation that your report is complete. You will also be given a temporary case number and be able to print a copy of the report to keep for your records. 


Please Note: All cases filed online 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. 

*Source: Fresno Police Website