Howard County Police Department now offers citizens the convenience of filing an online police report for certain incidents. Online reporting may only be used for animal complaints, dumping complaints, harassing phone calls, identity theft, lost property, motor vehicle complaints, solicitor complaints, theft, theft from a shed or detached garage, theft from a vehicle, unauthorized use of vehicle, vandalism or vandalism to a motor vehicle.
To file a police report for any other type of incident, call 911 for emergencies or 410-313-2200 for non-emergencies.
Citizens may file an online police report for the types of incidents listed above if the following conditions are met:
- There is no current emergency.
- The crime is not in progress.
- The incident has not already been reported by phone or in person to police.
- The incident occurred more than 30 minutes ago.
- The incident occurred in Howard County.
- There are no known suspects. Exceptions: Citizens may file online police reports for harassing phone calls and unauthorized use of a vehicle if the suspect is known.
- There are no witnesses who observed the incident or who could provide information leading to the identity of the suspect.
- There is no evidence or fingerprints for police to collect.
- The incident is not a hate or bias crime.
To access filing an online police report, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Police/Police-Reports.
After completing an online report, you will:
- See the confirmation statement: “Your online police report has been submitted.”
- Be provided with a temporary tracking number until your report has been approved and issued a permanent report number.
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