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February 8, 2011 > Online Crime Reporting

Online Crime Reporting

Submitted By Officer Gene Smith, Milpitas PD

Milpitas Police has expanded its online reporting service to include non-injury private property hit and run collisions, which includes incidents in parking lots.

The online police reporting option was first introduced by Milpitas Police for the public in February of 2008. This web-based reporting system allows individuals to file certain incidents, such as thefts, vehicle burglaries, lost property, vandalism, and vehicle tampering, over the internet. Popular throughout the state, many Bay Area police departments are using this software with great success.

Members of the public can file a report at a time best for them without waiting for an officer to respond or call back. Individuals are able print a temporary copy of the report upon completion. Police personnel review the online reports and, once approved, the filing person will receive an email with a copy of the report attached without cost. The report will also transfer into the Milpitas Police Department's records management system and offer the same investigative and statistical analysis ability as if the report had been filed by a police officer.

The online reporting option will allow officers more time to address community needs while keeping pace with the public expectancy to complete services via the internet. However, this service is optional, and if personal contact is desired, then reporting parties may still contact the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. This crime reporting service is available for incidents that occurred in Milpitas at www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov.

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