There is now a new way to report crimes in Lufkin.
The Lufkin Police Department now accepts "online reporting" of minor crimes and other incidents. The city implemented the new system after receiving requests from citizens. It's a first for Lufkin, and Chief Gerald Williamson says the new system should make things run smoother.
"The reason we're doing that is to make it more convenient for citizens and also more efficient use for manpower," Williamson said.
The online reporting system is accessible through the police department's Website. Before submission, the crime must meet the following requirements:
- 1. Not be an emergency
- 2. Have occurred within city limits
- 3. Have no known suspects
- 4. Have no evidence to be collected
- 5. Does not involve theft of a license plate or firearm
- 6. Does not involve identity theft
- 7. The reportee must be the victim or the responsible party if entering a report for their employer.
Type of reportable incidents include: animal complaints, trash can theft, misdemeanor theft, vehicle burglary, burglary of a vending machine, criminal mischief or vandalism, and a hit and run on parked vehicle.
Once the citizen completes an online report, they will be given a case number with the option to print confirmation.