GOSHEN — The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department announced it will require online reporting for minor vandalism and minor theft reports.
According to the office of Sheriff Brad Rogers, the online reporting has been available but will be required due to budget restrictions and it will free up officers to respond to emergencies and perform pro-active patrols.
The Sheriff’s office said that it takes an officer an average of 60 minutes to complete a minor theft or vandalism report and that last year the office received only 187 of a total of 1,500 vandalism and theft cases online.
The office estimates that over 1,000 hours of officers’ time will be saved by requiring online reporting.
To report a non-emergency crime, go to www.elkhartcountysheriff.com and click on the link “Report a Crime Online.”
The Sheriff’s department hopes that people will report crimes that used to go unreported and that citizens will no longer have to wait for officers to come to their home.
The department says that those without Internet access can either report the crime in person at the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Center at 26861 C.R. 26, Elkhart or by calling the Patrol Division at 574-891-2300 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday to report it over the phone.
The department said that the reports will be reviewed and shared with patrolling officers and any follow-up contact will be made to help victims and prosecute criminals.