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Our online reporting site is a fast and effective way for residents to give us information. If you're new to site or have questions about making a report, continue reading.
What can be filed online?
Cases involing $2,500 or less in theft or damage of property may be reported using our site. At this time, we request you speak with an officer in person if you have a good idea who may be responsible for the theft or damage. If the crime is occurring right now, call 911.
What happens with reports filed online?
Information about criminal mischief and vandalism is valuable for our officers, not just in investigating the particular crime, but knowing more about what activities are occuring in neighborhoods throughout Elkhart County. Details from all reports received are shared by our officers, who may increase their presence in areas with ongoing issues. Online filings are treated no differently than when an officer speaks with someone in person. A criminal file is created and the information is reviewed by detectives. As with every case, the amount of information provided by the victim determines whether a case can be solved and prosecuted.
Why are Social Security numbers and other identifying information needed?
We ask for this information for our tracking purposes, so we may give the most complete information possible to the prosecutor's office for the identification of all parties involved in a case.
What if I want to meet with an officer in person?
If a resident wishes, an officer will be sent to take the report. Please consider, though, your time and tax dollars. The road officer's first priority is the emergency call, and a minor theft or vandalism complaint may not be addressed immediately if other requests are more urgent in nature. As far as savings, the sheriff's department is able to show a savings of more than $39,000 annually just by conserving gasoline and time. As the number of online reports increases, so do the savings.
How do I know you received the report?
After the report is entered into our computer system, the victim will be contacted, generally by email, with a case number. That eight-digit number is used to access the most current information about the case, so please keep it handy for any additional contact with an officer or detective. Also, the number may be used to obtain a copy of the official report from our records office, if it is necessary for personal records or insurance purposes.
Click here to begin filing your report. Still have unanswered questions? Please email.