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Crime Victims Can File Online

Following the lead of Minneapolis, Minn., Santa Cruz, Calif., and other jurisdictions, Baltimore police unveiled a new internet-based crime reporting system last week and is encouraging victims of minor property crimes to file online. The website,, is used to take reports of identity theft, illegal dumping, lost property, theft, and vandalism so the victim does not have to wait—sometimes it can take hours because of higher-priority crimes in the area—for a patrol officer to swing by and fill out the form by hand.

“It also allows the police to stay on the street,” says Councilman Brandon Scott, who has pushed for the technology since he began his campaign for council two years ago.

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