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As a way to make reporting crime more convenient, the St. Paul Police Department has launched a website that allows people to file reports online. The site, www.stpaul.gov/onlinereport, went live last week and was officially rolled out Monday.

Online reports can be made for nonemergency crimes such as property damage, fraud and forgery, and theft from automobiles. For a full list of crimes that can be reported online, visit the city's website.

The online system is expected to decrease nonemergency calls to 911 and free up officers who would respond to minor calls, said Steve Linders, a spokesman for the St. Paul police. Officials hope the system will offer another level of convenience to citizens, he said.