Online reporting is a fast and effective way for residents to give us information.
What can be filed online?
Reports for stolen property, damaged property, damaged vehicles, theft from vehicles, identity theft, theft from a bank account, and credit card fraud or fraudulent electronic bank transfers (EBT) can be submitted online. If the crime is occurring right now, call 911.
What happens with reports filed online?
Information about criminal mischief and vandalism is valuable for our officers, not just in investigating the particular crime, but knowing more about what activities are occurring in neighborhoods throughout our community. Details from all reports received are shared by our officers, who may increase their presence in areas with ongoing issues. Online filings are treated no differently than when an officer speaks with someone in person. A criminal file is created and the information is reviewed by detectives. As with every case, the amount of information provided by the victim determines whether a case can be solved and prosecuted.
What if I want to meet with an officer in person?
If a resident wishes, an officer will be sent to take the report. You will need to call 911 to contact Lake County’s E-911 center and begin the report process with a call taker. Submitting a report online will allow you to provide the same information conveniently which will be forwarded to an officer to create an incident report.
How do I know you received the report?
After the report is entered into our computer system, the victim will be contacted, generally by email, with a case number. That eight-digit number is used to access the most current information about the case, so please keep it handy for any additional contact with an officer or detective. Also, the number may be used to obtain a copy of the official report from our records office, if it is necessary for personal records or insurance purposes.
How long until I can pick-up my report?
Reports submitted online or in person are generally available within 1-2 business days. Reports are available at the St. John Police Department, 11033 W 93rd Ave St. John, IN 46373 Monday through Friday between 9:00am and 6:00pm, and Saturday between 9:00am and 1:00pm.