King County rural residents can file police reports, track crime online

February 2, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

On the Web

Report crimes online at www.reporttosheriff.org and track crimes across the region at www.crimereports.com.

Learn more about what crimes can be reported online at the Report to Sheriff website. Or call the King County Sheriff’s Office nonemergency line at 206-296-3311.

Residents in unincorporated and rural areas served by the King County Sheriff’s Office can used Web-based resources to report minor crimes and track crime in the region.

The sheriff’s office website offers a new feature known as Report to Sheriff, which allows residents to notify police of incidents by typing reports on their computers rather than by waiting on hold on the phone.

Through Report to Sheriff, residents can file and print reports for general property theft, mail theft, identity theft, bicycle theft, car prowls, vandalism and suspicious circumstances. They can also anonymously report narcotics activity or file traffic complaints.

To report an incident, there must not be a suspect nor evidence left by a suspect. It also mustn’t have occurred on a state freeway or King County Metro Transit or Sound Transit bus.

If the crime is in progress or it is an emergency, the site reminds residents to dial 911.

In October, the sheriff’s office and its 13 contract cities, including North Bend, joined the website Crime Reports, which pinpoints crimes and sex offenders on a map driven by Google Maps.

The site links to the state sex offender registry, which gives details about each sex offender’s convictions.

The site also allows users to track trends in given areas, and sort crimes by type, date and location. Users can also sign up for crime alerts. Some independent police departments, such as Renton, have also joined the site, allowing users to see crime data across jurisdictions.

The site also has an iPhone application.

Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or newcas@isspress.com.

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