In the Event of an Emergency

In the event that an emergency should occur you can be sure that you and your family are prepared by visiting the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website. This site will help you prepare for all types of emergencies. The site gives you suggestions on kits you can put together for you and your family and it will also give you the pros and cons of staying home or evacuating during an emergency.

Auto Theft

For information on automobile theft crimes, visit Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT). Sometimes Crime Does Pay! HEAT suggests you report criminal activity as soon as possible. In addition to doing a favor for yourself and your fellow drivers, you might collect a HEAT award of up to $25,000. To be eligible for a reward, all you have to do is provide information that leads to an arrest for auto theft-related offenses, including the theft of vehicles (over 18,000 vehicles are stolen in Virginia each year) or their parts (in excess of 25,000 thefts of vehicle parts are reported annually).

Contact HEAT by calling 800-947-HEAT (4328). You may remain anonymous and still collect a reward from HEAT.

Bad Checks

Stop fraud scams, check fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, bank fraud, white-collar crimes, and identity theft. For information on reporting fraud and other fraud resources, visit the National Consumers League website.

If you have been a victim of one of these crimes, or have information that could prevent these crimes from occurring, Call the National Check Fraud Center. 843-571-2143. Their office hours are 8 am to 7 pm EST (Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday). For assistance with reporting bad checks, visit the National Check Fraud Center website.

Missing Person

To report a missing person, or provide information about a missing person, call the Hopewell Police Department immediately at 804-541-2275.

Victim’s Assistance

If you have been the victim of a crime in Hopewell you can contact the Victim/Witness Assistance Program at 804-541-2352. The National Center for Victims of Crime's (NCVC) website is devoted to helping crime victims. You may also call NCVC at 800-FYI-CALL or 800-394-2255.

The NCVC includes resources for victims of:

  • Stalking
  • Teen Victims
  • Sexual Assault
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Handgun Violence
  • Elder Abuse
  • Hate Crimes
  • Domestic/Partner Abuse
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Legal Resources

Additionally, the Victim Services Unit of the Virginia Department of Corrections serves victims of crime.

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Identity Theft

If you suspect that your identity has been stolen, order a credit check of your Social Security Number (SSN) to see if anyone has used it. View identity theft resources that can assist in this.

For information on how to prevent identity fraud from occurring, and what to do after you have discovered an instance of identity theft, consult the Federal Trade Commission.