RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- In summer months crimes like burglary, larceny and drunk driving increase - and you can help law enforcement catch the suspects.
"Most of our information in cases like robberies come from initial eyewitness reports," said Sparks Police Lieutenant Pete Krall.
Law enforcement can't be everywhere at all times. "The people of this community are the eyes and ears of this community," said Washoe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Bob Harmon.
So if you see suspicious activity or a crime in progress pay attention. "If you're the victim, if you're a clerk, call 911 first," Reno Police Officer Tim Broadway said. "Get the officers there quicker versus calling your boss."
Look for basics like gender and ethnicity and specifics like tattoos or facial hair. If you can't estimate height or weight, compare the suspect to yourself or somone you know.
Police want you to report crimes on the road, too. "Impaired drivers kill thousands of people each year on our roads," Lt. Krall said. "We want people to feel comfortable and call us with that."
"[The] biggest thing with vehicles is it a car, suv, van or truck?" Broadway said. "Then the next thing with that is color, number of doors."
"A license plate is really one of the key things that we need," Lt. Krall said.
Remember what you can and write down as much as possible when it's safe. "Only provide us with information that you're sure of," Harmon said. "If you don't know what color the shirt might have been, or this and that, then say you don't know."
Try to stay calm and don't compare stories with other witnesses. "It's an unsettling situation, but if you can make some notes and not talk to other folks to where your memory of what occured could be distorted a little bit, that's very helpful for us," Lt. Krall said