New online portal for quick crime reporting
IT'S hoped a new community crime reporting portal will make reporting crime quicker and more secure.
The NSW Police Force Community Portal allows the public to report lost property, theft and intentional damage such as graffiti.
To use the portal, a person must create a MyServiceNSW account on the Service NSW website, which will the connect with the NSW Police Force.
Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command Superintendent Mark Holahan said the system was user-friendly with step-by-step instructions.
"We're confident that anyone can lodge a report quickly and easily from anywhere with internet access," he said.
Supt Holahan says reports generated through the portal can be used for insurance purposes.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser described the portal as secure, efficient and convenient.
"Use of the portal, which is linked to a Service NSW account, also allows people who report non-urgent crime to make and receive updates on their cases," Mr Fraser said.
"Lost property, intentional damage and theft resulted in 600,000 police reports in 2014 and 2015 across NSW."
The portal is designed to be an additional reporting option that will not replace over the phone or in-person reporting.
To access the portal, visit police.nsw.gov.au/community_portal/home.