From one’s smartphone or computer, Rosemont residents can now report any non-emergency problem or condition they believe local police should know about right away using the new “Rosemont Online Citizen Police Report” system.
Public safety officials say the initiative is designed to be a proactive response to neighborhood concerns and is in addition to other public safety services such as crime prevention presentations, residential security checks, residential fire inspections, public education programs, child safety seat installation, residential vacation property watches, project childsafe, gun lock giveaways, and promoting and assisting the charitable Rosemont Helping Hand organization which aids local families.
To file a citizen police report online, go to rosemont.com/government/public-safety.
Public safety officials say the positives associated with submitting a report online include not having to wait for an officer to be available, being simple, safe and secure; reports help lead to identifying crime trends which can be tracked and resolved, allowing police to be available for emergencies and other high-priority situations as well as more time for proactive police work, reducing costs, and processing reports more efficiently.
Police say residents should file an online report after non-emergency village incidents such as observing any suspicious activity, public works issues, reporting lost or found items, property damage, identity theft, harassment, burglary to vehicle, burglary to private property, and a car crash with no injuries involved. Also, an incident where there is no evidence to collect at the scene of the crime can be reported using the online citizens report.
Cities across the country have implemented an online citizens police report system including Chicago, Rolling Meadows, Portland (OR), Phoenix, Boulder, Santa Rosa, Topeka, Raleigh and Riverside, CA.
However, police say serious incidents should be reported immediately by calling 911, not through the online system. These include a serious crime such as breaking and entering a home, road rage incidents, or an assault. When filing the online report, police say accurate email addresses and phone numbers are important; provide as much information as possible such as descriptions and include stolen properties’ serial numbers.
The incident must have occurred within the village of Rosemont. However, Rosemont officials say expressway and tollway incidents must be reported to Illinois State Police and forest preserve incidents must be reported to Cook County Sheriff’s Police.
After submitting an online citizen’s report, a case number will be given. The report can be printed for personal records and for one’s insurance company, if needed.
Police warn that filing a false police report is a crime. Once the report is reviewed, if further investigation of the case is needed, the resident will be contacted by police.
For more information contact the Rosemont Public Safety Department at 847-823-1134.