Individuals in some municipalities can file online police reports under certain circumstances. In the District of Columbia, for example, a Citizens Online Reporting Tool allows citizens to file reports with the Metropolitan Police Department for offenses such as lost property, lost vehicle tags and auto theft.
Police departments allow online reports when a police officer does not have to be present to take the report. The website for the San Francisco Police Department allows citizens to file reports for incidents that include vandalism, graffiti and harassing phone calls. Citizens should contact their local police department or check the department's website to determine whether an online reporting system is available and when it is accessible.