27 Jan 2019

New crime reporting tool used 3700 times since launch

10:46 pm on 27 January 2019

A new online police reporting tool has been used more than 3700 times since its release three months ago.

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The tool has been used more than 3700 times . Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

The tool has been set up as a trial and can be used to report lost property and intentional properly damage.

Police said they want to expand the service this year, so people could report thefts and shoplifting.

Assistant commissioner Jevon McSkimming said they hoped the online platform would speed up police response times.

"Online reporting is part of a drive by police to bring real change to the way we deliver our services to the public. We want people to be able to contact us anywhere, anytime and through a variety of ways."

Meanwhile, police expected a centralised telephone service for non-emergency calls would take the pressure off the 111 system.

Police hoped to roll out a single non-emergency number at some point this year.

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