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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Fairfax County police launch new online crime reporting system

Stolen bicycles. [Fairfax County Police photo]
The Fairfax County Police Department is encouraging victims of non-emergency crimes to use its new online reporting system for minor incidents like a stolen bicycle or vandalized mailbox.

“No crime is too insignificant to report, and often, these figures and incidents are used by crime analysts to detect trends and insert proactive, preventive measures,” states a news release from the FCPD. People who report a crime online will be notified of a report number they can give their insurance company. “If appropriate, an officer will notify and/or respond to the complainant.”

FCPD suggests the online system also be used for reporting larceny/theft under $5,000, telephone harassment/threats, trespassing, lost property, civil disputes, unoccupied hit and run crashes, solicitor violations, destruction of private property/vandalism, larceny/theft from motor vehicles or parts, and suspicious persons/vehicles. Call 911 for crimes in progress or more serious incidents.

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