Tyler Police offer online crime reporting

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TYLER (KYTX) - Tyler Police are finding ways to streamline crime reports that could ultimately keep you and your family more safe.

Say your car was broken into and someone took items inside, but you didn't see it happen.

The crime reporting process can be lengthy and all you get is a case number for your insurance.

Now police say you can do that online, saving time, money and man power.

"I went out the next morning to go to work and my briefcase was missing," says LaDawn Fletcher.

Fletcher was the victim of theft, someone stole her bag out of her van while it was sitting in her driveway just off of West Houston Street in Tyler six months ago.

She didn't lock her doors, police say you should always remember to do that.

"The most annoying thing about being a victim of petty crime like this is the time it takes to do everything else," says Fletcher.

She didn't file a police report, but says she would if it had been as easy as it is now.

Officer Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department explains how people can file a report online.

"Specific reports, covers all thefts, vandalism, criminal mischief, lost property, vehicle burglaries," says Ofc. Martin.

Officer Martin says it's easier for people to fill out the online form, and get the information reviewed by an officer for a case number that will be emailed to you.

It saves the department money.

"Each time an officer goes out to investigate a report like that, it would be around $42 savings per report," says Ofc. Martin.

And it keeps more officers on the streets.

"We can keep officers freed up to handle more serious calls," says Ofc. Martin.

Something that would've made the theft from Fletcher's van a lot easier to handle.

"The ease would've mattered," says Fletcher.

But she's used it as a learning experience for he, and her family.

"I have to explain to my kids all the time that they can't leave things in the car like the iPad, because I know people do peer in and see what's in there," says Fletcher.

Police do say you can always have an officer come out if you would prefer.

This is just a way to get things moving more quickly, and keep others safe.

The online reporting opened up Wednesday to the public.

Tyler Police have had it in place in a testing phase for a few weeks and say it's worked seamlessly for reporting.

For more information on reporting online, or by phone with the Tyler Police Department , click here.


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