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Mesa launches online tool for reporting nonviolent crimes

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Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 8:30 am

Mesa residents now are able to report nonviolent crimes online.

The Mesa Police Department is providing the public an opportunity to report Level II, lower level crimes over the Internet while officers may be responding to higher level crimes, but also promise to continue providing timely services to investigating the reports online.

The police department hopes the new method, which became available on Sept. 1, will become popular among citizens who are used to police services being provided immediately.

The service allows residents to file a report at a time that is best for them without having to wait for an officer to respond or call them back while officers can focus on high-level incidents.

The types of crimes that can be reported are shoplifting, theft, identity theft, hit-and-run crashes and property crimes that are not in progress.

To file online reports, residents can go to www.mesaaz.gov/police and agree to the conditions of reporting the crimes before proceeding:

The crimes must have happened within Mesa city limits, be a nonviolent crime and be reported by someone who is 18 or older.

In order to later add information, tipsters must have the original report number and the investigating officer’s name.

After people submit a report, they can print out a copy of it.

It will be filed with the department’s records division and promptly investigated by an officer after it is evaluated.

If the crime does not meet the criteria for a nonviolent crime, residents still can call Mesa police at (480) 644-2211. Emergency crimes in progress should always be reported by calling 911.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6533 or msakal@evtrib.com

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