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ELKO – The Elko Police Department is reminding residents that there is a fast and easy way to file a police report, thanks to the convenience of modern technology.

Online crime report filing has been available since 2016 but police are hoping to see the system used more, said Police Chief Ben Reed.

The system can be used for any incident that is not an emergency, that occurred within the Elko city limits, was non-violent, and is “past tense,” meaning there is no ongoing criminal activity.

Filling out a police report using the form posted on the City of Elko’s website can save people time, Reed said, because they don’t need to wait for an officer to arrive.

“It’s very convenient for them,” he said.

Using the system can also save man-hours for the department, which handles about 30,000 calls a year.

People who are victims of vandalism, theft, hit-and-run, graffiti and other property crimes can acquire a case number for insurance purposes by filing an online report. The forms can also be used to report scams, annoying phone calls, suspicious activity in the neighborhood, or violations of a temporary restraining order.

Animal issues can also be filed online, such as animal at large, animal abuse or neglect, and barking dogs.

People can use their phones or computers to log onto the city’s website at http://www.ci.elko.nv.us. Under the “Departments” tab, click on “police department” to find the page with the “Online Crime Reporting” link.

All cases that are filed will be reviewed by the department, and the reporting person may be contacted for further information. Using the system to file a false report is a crime.

“We want people to report stuff to us,” Reed said. “We need to know,” and crime victims need a case number for future reference.

The Online Crime Reporting system can accomplish those goals.

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