As a way to make reporting crime more convenient, the St. Paul Police Department has launched a Web site that allows people to file reports online. St. Paul police's reporting site,, went live last week and was officially rolled out Monday.

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

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

“This is a great tool. People who simply want to report a crime that has no solvability factors no longer have to wait for an officer to respond or call them back,” said Assistant Chief Kathy Wuorinen, in a statement.

“It also allows the department to allocate resources to address the most serious crimes and analyze crime trend data, which ultimately makes our city a safer place.”

Meg Ubel, 53, of St. Paul, went online Friday to find the nearest police station to report property she had lost. Then she saw she could file a report online. The entire process only took "10 minutes at most," she said.

Once a user submits the online police report, it is reviewed by an officer, entered into the records management system and assigned a case number. The person who reported the crime is emailed a confirmation of its acceptance and can also a print a copy of the report.

Along with online reporting, people still have the option of having a St. Paul officer respond in person or using teleserve, which allows people to provide information over the phone for a report.

Minneapolis has offered online police reporting since 2006, said Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder. Last year, the department received 3,849 citizen e-reports.