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Online crime reporting available

 


Arlington locals can now report some crimes online, particularly property crimes, because of a new internet tool at mycrimereport.us.

The website is a project between multiple law enforcement departments around Snohomish County, and was launched as an effort between Snohomish County 911, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and the city of Everett.

It has been available to residents of the city of Arlington since May 21.

“It’s just another tool that’s available to the public, especially for those individuals that are just looking for a report number,” said Kristin Banfield, communications manager with the city of Arlington.

Banfield said that the tool is especially useful for those that simply want a report number for insurance purposes.

“It allows people that have general property crimes, for less than $5,000, where they don’t have a suspect and they want to report the incident, and need a report number for insurance or some other purpose, they can easily submit the report here,” she said.

The service is largely in response to community interest for a reporting tool.

“We’ve heard from a lot of individuals ‘well, why can’t I just file my report online. I don’t need you to come out and do a full-blown report. I just want to give you the information so that you have it,’” said Banfield.

The online tool can be opened through cell phones and computer browsers.

Crimes that can be reported online include vandalism, theft below $5,000 of property, and vehicle damage.

“You may have something that is stolen out of your vehicle and you just want to file the report so you can get your window fixed, because they really didn’t get anything,” said Banfield.

“Or we get a lot of reports for stolen cell phones. They didn’t realize they had set it down on the counter and they turn around and it’s gone,” said Banfield.

Banfield said that online reporting of crimes can help save both citizen's and police officer's time in many cases.

“This provides that flexibility for the citizen and the officer,” she said. “That officer is freed up and your time is freed up as well."

Victims of crimes can still request an in-person follow-up or report crimes the traditional way as well.

The online tool gives a police report number sent back via e-mail, typically within 72 business hours.

All reports are reviewed by law enforcement personnel.

Even in cases of theft or vandalism there are still some cases that should be called into the police department, such as when you know who the suspect is, said Banfield.

Those who have questions about how to report a crime can call the police department's non-emergency number at 360-403-3400.

 

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