RPD Adds New Crime Category to Online Reporting System

Last summer, the Raleigh Police Department introduced its new crime reporting system, which allowed people to file six non-emergency police reports online. Eligible online reports included: damages to property; damages to vehicles; harassing phone calls; lost property; stolen property; and thefts from vehicles. Recently, they added the ability to report a hit and run online as well.The online reporting service enables members of the community to complete a form to report non-emergency crimes. Users navigate to the City of Raleigh home page at www.raleighnc.gov, select “Police Department” from the list of departments and then scroll down to click on the “Report a Crime” link. Users then answer a short series of questions to determine if the crime they wish to report can be accepted through the online reporting service.

Online reporting users are able to print a temporary copy of their report immediately after it is submitted. Online submissions are reviewed by the department before a permanent report number is issued.

The online reporting system provides a convenient way to report crimes that does not require the presence of an officer, and it increases police productivity by freeing officers to perform other law enforcement activities. In addition, users may find it is a more convenient way to file a police report needed for an insurance claim.

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