University of North Texas police recently unveiled what they are hoping is a simpler way to report crimes that occur on campus. An online reporting system has been up on the UNT police website for two weeks and has since received 11 reports, according to Cpl. John DeLong, department spokesman.
“We are currently working on the recovery of a stolen bike from one of the reports. It looks like we will recover the bike [Tuesday],” DeLong said on the success thus far.
With the new online reporting system, one can report harassment, hit and runs, vandalism, thefts, lost property, identity thefts and vehicle burglaries. Police say the online tool is not intended to replace 911 as a way to report emergencies or crimes in progress.
“This new system is something the UNT Police Department’s command staff has been working on for a while,” DeLong said.
It allows people to submit reports immediately and print them for free, helping officers to focus more on the streets to keep the college community safe.
Once the report is complete, it is assigned a case number. Police can contact the reporting person if they need further information for an investigation, the department said.
People making reports must have valid contact information, DeLong said.
Information submitted to the site is not anonymous, he said, adding that it is a crime report line, not a tip line.
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