Online Reporting now available for some non-emergency incidents (English & Spanish Instructions attached in .pdf)
LANCASTER BUREAU OF POLICE
GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA
ONLINE REPORT SUBMISSION VIA CRIME WATCH
For some non-emergency incidents, the Lancaster Bureau of Police has launched an online reporting system through our Crime Watch Portal.
By utilizing Online Reporting, you can...
· Report a minor incident to the Lancaster Bureau of Police
· Maintain social distance and help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS
· Receive an automated e-mail receipt and reference number. This reference number will later be updated to an incident number.
· Be contacted by a police employee regarding your submission
If you are reporting an emergency or a crime in progress, do not use this online webform and DIAL 911 immediately.
Lancaster Bureau of Police Disclaimer and Warnings
WARNING: Filing a false police report is a crime and will be prosecuted. *See below*
If this is an Emergency, call 911
Before filing a report online, all of the following statements must be true:
1. This is not an emergency.
2. There are no known suspects.
3. There are no witnesses who observed the incident or who could provide information leading to the identity of the suspect.
4. The crime is not in progress.
5. The incident has not already been reported by phone or in person to police.
6. The incident occurred more than 30 minutes ago.
7. The incident occurred in the City of Lancaster, PA.
8. There is no evidence or fingerprints for police to collect.
9. The incident is not related to a vehicle crash.
If the incident met all of the above conditions, you may file a report online for certain incidents.
CRIMES THAT SHOULD BE REPORTED USING THE ONLINE FEATURE
- Thefts (less than $2,000)
- Vandalism (less than $2,000)
- Lost Property or Pets
- Harassment via Communications
Once the online submission has been received by our Records Division an incident number will be assigned and that information will be provided to you at a later time.
WARNING: § 4906. False reports to law enforcement authorities.
(a) Falsely incriminating another.--Except as provided in subsection (c), a person who knowingly gives false information to any law enforcement officer with intent to implicate another commits a misdemeanor of the second degree.
(b) Fictitious reports.--Except as provided in subsection (c), a person commits a misdemeanor of the third degree if he:
(1) reports to law enforcement authorities an offense or other incident within their concern knowing that it did not occur; or
(2) pretends to furnish such authorities with information relating to an offense or incident when he knows he has no information relating to such offense or incident.
(1) If the violation of subsection (a) or (b) occurs during a declared state of emergency and the false report causes the resources of the law enforcement authority to be diverted from dealing with the declared state of emergency, the offense shall be graded one step greater than that set forth in the applicable subsection.
(2) If the violation of subsection (a) or (b) relates to a false report of the theft or loss of a firearm, as defined in section 5515 (relating to prohibiting of paramilitary training), the offense shall be graded one step greater than that set forth in the applicable subsection.
(June 28, 2002, P.L.481, No.82, eff. 60 days; Oct. 17, 2008, P.L.1628, No.131, eff. 60 days)