Online reporting system to complement 911, tip lines

A new online reporting system, mostly geared toward cold property crimes, is up and running in Grand Junction.

The system is aimed at saving a trip to the police department for people who need to file a report for insurance reasons, but “further investigation is not expected unless new information develops or property is recovered,” the Grand Junction Police Department said in a news release Tuesday.

Theft, vandalism, lost or damaged property, or telephone harassment cases that have no identified suspects or evidence can be reported on the new system. Various financial crimes also can be reported.

Cmdr. Bob Russell said the department still wants face-to-face contact with victims of crimes with specific suspect information or evidence sooner rather than later, and he said the system isn’t intended for emergencies.

“This is not a replacement for 911,” Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras said.

It’s not a tip line either. For that, Russell encouraged people to continue to use Mesa County Crime Stoppers. Russell said information gathered will be downloaded by a police technician once or more on a daily basis.

In 2009, the department received 8,228 formal reports of crime, Porras said. Of those, 3,131 were inactivated for lack of suspect information or evidence, or a lack of leads, she said.

Reports can be filed with the new system at http://www.gjcity.org, after clicking on a link for the Police Department at the bottom of the page.

Porras also said the department is drafting policies toward the establishment of a Grand Junction police social networking Web page, such as Facebook or Twitter.


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