Arlington County Police Department is expanding its online declaration system, to enable more police reports to be filed online in the age of social distancing.
The ACPD says members of the public can now file minor accident reports with property damage online, instead of having to do so in person. The online reporting system has also been translated into Spanish, according to the police department.
“As a precaution and to help mitigate and reduce any unnecessary exposure and spread of COVID-19, the CAPD requests that the public report applicable non-urgent incidents using the online reporting system,” the website states. of the police. “Officers continue to proactively patrol the county and respond to ongoing crimes and emergency calls when there is an immediate threat to life, health or property.”
More than a police press release:
Arlington County Police Department announces expansion of its online police report system. The system update builds on the county’s overall efforts to improve service delivery through its website and online platforms to better meet the needs of our constituents.
Updates to the online reporting system include:
Extensive reporting capabilities: Adding accident reports allows you to file a property damage report online, instead of completing the report in person or submitting it by mail. The following types of crashes can now be filed online:
- Crash – Hit and Run: Damage caused by another vehicle in which the driver should have left information or fled the scene without stopping to provide information.
- Crash – No injury (less than $ 1,500 damage): You are involved in a minor accident and must report the information to the police for insurance purposes.
- Crash – Private property: You are involved in a minor accident on private property or you own the property.
Collisions with injuries or with more than $ 1,500 in damage should be reported to the police by calling 703-558-2222 or 911 in an emergency.
Online reports in Spanish: In support of the Department’s efforts to increase the accessibility of online services to those with limited English proficiency, the online police reporting system has been translated into Spanish and will now accept non-English reports. urgent matters submitted in Spanish. The following incidents, in addition to accident reports, can now be reported online in English and Spanish:
- Credit card fraud: Anyone who gets someone else’s credit card and uses it to purchase items.
- Fraud / Pretenses: Anyone who fraudulently obtains or sells goods and services.
- Harassing phone calls: Anyone who repeatedly, with the intention of disturbing, telephones or makes contact by means of electronic communication. For example, immediate hang-ups, obscene language, emails, texts with no known suspects.
- Identity theft: Anyone who obtains someone else’s personally identifiable information and uses it to obtain credit, goods, or services.
- Theft / Theft: Personal property taken without your permission.
- Theft / theft in the vehicle: Well taken in a motor vehicle.
- Suspicious circumstances: Information that you would like to report to the police but that is not necessarily a crime.
- Vandalism: Anyone who maliciously damages, destroys or alters public or private property. For example, knocking over a mailbox or spray painting a wall.
- Vehicle tampering: Anyone who tampers with a motor vehicle without theft or damage.
Members of the public should continue to report ongoing crimes and emergency calls for service when there is an immediate threat to life, health or property to the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222 or 911 in an emergency. Those who need police assistance are reminded that language is never a barrier to services. The Department continues to use bilingual translation agents, as well as linguistic services, to communicate with those who have limited English proficiency.
Since the onset of COVID-19, the Ministry has taken proactive steps to minimize unnecessary direct contact with the public in order to mitigate the potential spread of the virus. Members of the public are encouraged to contribute to these efforts by reporting applicable non-emergency criminal and traffic incidents using the online reporting system. Extending accident notification and notification in Spanish to this system will further support public health protocols while ensuring that the public has safe and effective means to report incidents to law enforcement.