By Sergent Colt Davis | Mukilteo Police Department

Mukilteo residents will now be able to report non-emergency crimes via the internet. The Mukilteo Police Department will be utilizing the online crime reporting site www.mycrimereport.us,

The online crime reporting tool — which can also be accessed via mobile device — generates a crime report number and sends that number to the victim’s e-mail, typically within 72 business hours. All reports are reviewed by law enforcement personnel for accuracy and to determine if any further investigation is needed.

While the online tool is valuable for reporting minor crimes, there are some reports that must be made by calling 911. Types of crimes that cannot be reported online include felonies, crimes where the suspect is known, where the address of the incident is unknown and/or where the value of something stolen or damaged exceeds $5,000.

The minimum requirements for filing a report online are that the reporting party has an e-mail address and that they know the location where the incident occurred.

The decision to move to an online reporting platform for non-emergent crimes was part of several strategies employed by the Mukilteo Police Department to ensure the safety of officers and the community we serve. A benefit of online reporting is that it reduces the need for law enforcement to follow-up on every call in person, meaning officers can spend more time on proactive patrol and responding to emergencies. Crime victims can still request an in-person contact, but those contacts will still be screened by the on duty supervisor to see if those requests would be better handled by phone.

The Mukilteo Police Department is dedicated to continuing to provide professional police services during this critical time. Our response will be constantly re-evaluated and updated as necessary to ensure that no interruption to the high quality of service occurs during this time. Please remember that we are working in a fluid environment and will have to make real-time decisions quickly to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our officers, civilian staff and the community. We further ask that non- emergency (not in progress) calls go to our non-emergency number, 425-407-3999. All emergency (in progress) call should still go through 9-1-1.

Erin Freeman

I graduated from Washington State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a specialization in rhetoric and professional writing. I also received a minor in political science. I joined the Lynnwood Times in February of 2020. To me, community newspapers affirm a sense of community by connecting people through the coverage of local stories and current events.

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