SUNNYVALE -- Police unveiled an online reporting system for nonemergency crimes that will allow residents to quickly get an electronic copy of an official report.
Such nonemergency crimes include check fraud, insufficient funds, theft that doesn't involve robbery, harassing phone calls, lost property, vandalism, identity theft and vehicle tampering.
Police stressed that it won't replace response for more serious crimes.
"An officer will always respond when requested," said Lt. Shawn Ahearn in a news release. "We're simply enhancing the service we already provide by helping a victim more quickly and conveniently get what they need most in these circumstances -- a copy of the police report."
According to police, more than a fifth of the crimes reported in Sunnyvale last year could now be reported online. The police report will be available within 24 hours, and then "they can file insurance claims and get important documents, like driver's licenses, replaced."
Before the online system, "it might take us a few days to issue a police report because of the time needed to enter and review the information in the system, and the victim would then have to come to headquarters to get the report," Ahearn stated.
With online reporting, the victim can enter information themselves and receive an emailed link to a report as early as the same day, he said.
To use the service or get more information about the types of crimes that can
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