MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It was a problem the 12 News Defenders received numerous phone calls about: people complaining about crime, but scared to call the cops.
"A lot of shooting going on. Seems like people are scared to call the police or something," said a Montgomery resident, who wanted to remain anonymous.
We brought up this issue to the Montgomery Police Department, and they said that if you don't call the cops, nothing can be done.
"We can't help prevent crime if we don't know about it. So, you know if you don't call us, we can't assist you," said Captain Regina Duckett.
If you're scared of being labeled as a snitch, MPD said there are ways around that.
"We understand that sometimes people think that they're a snitch and they might be deemed that in the community, well like I said there's ways to get in touch with us. You can call a non-emergency number and ask for a supervisor to call you directly," Duckett said.
If you don't want the police showing up at your house, there's a simple way of preventing that.
"Tell the dispatcher that you don't want to be seen but this is what I'm seeing right now, this is a crime in progress or somebody's hurt and give us as much information as you possibly can," Duckett said.
At the end of the day, MPD said they're there to help you, not hurt you.
Another way to keep your neighborhood safe is by joining your neighborhood's watch group. If your neighborhood does not have a watch group, MPD will help you create one.
You can also call MPD's secret witness line at 334-625-4000, if you wish to remain anonymous.