Filing Crimes On-line

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

"As soon as it was happening my boyfriend told me to call the cops".

Malecia Burden got quite a scare Monday night when she found her home had been burglarized.

She says she waited for officers to show up to fill out her report, but the Valdosta Police Department's new online crime report allows crime victims to do it faster.

"We stood there about an hour trying to fill out police reports and all this other stuff because I called 9-1-1 and she sent dispatch out and I see I could've done it online," said Burden.

There are only five types of crimes that can be reported online: theft, damage to property, trespassing, simple battery and simple assault.

Police say residents should still dial 9-1-1 for everything else such as shootings, murders or other emergencies.

And filling out this application online isn't hard at all just make sure to fill out all the information here like you name, address and telling authorities what happened.

"It's beneficial to us because even though we take every report seriously," said Valdosta Police Commander Eugene Bell. "If someone has a porcelain doll stolen and we've got a shooting going on or some other more serious crime that's where it benefits us, we can have officers out there working the most serious crimes."

The web site has been up and running since early February.

VPD says they will investigate each report filed but in case of an extreme emergency this allows officers to handle the most important to least important crimes first.

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