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Online crime reporting available in Cedar Falls amid coronavirus concerns

Online crime reporting available in Cedar Falls amid coronavirus concerns

From the Coronavirus update Northeast Iowa series
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Cedar Falls Mayor Jim Brown speaks before the ribbon cutting for the new Cedar Falls Public Safety building in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Monday, June 24, 2019.

CEDAR FALLS – Cedar Falls residents now have an option to report crimes online.

The measure is one the latest ways the City of Cedar Falls is limiting the potential for exposure during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we work through the COVID-19 emergency, it is important to find new ways to protect both our community and our officers,” said Lt. Kari Rea of the Cedar Falls Public Safety Department.

Kari Rea

Kari Rea

A form to report non-emergency crimes can be found at www.cedarfalls.com/1533/Report-a-Crime. It can also be found at the city’s main website www.cedarfalls.com in the ‘Police Operations’ heading under ‘Departments’ and ‘Report a Crime’.

Residents can use the online form to report credit card fraud, harassment, theft, lost property and minor vehicle accidents on private property or request extra patrols. After an incident is submitted, an officer will contact the resident by email or phone for follow-up information or questions.

The online submission form is not for emergencies or crimes in progress. In an emergency situation, residents should dial 911.

The Waterloo Police Department has been using a similar system, which is available under “Submit a Police Report” at its website waterloopolice.com .

Cedar Falls Public Safety has also instated additional safety precautions against COVID-19 including postponing all public tours and limiting public access to the building. Currently no property pick-up or fingerprinting is allowed on the site. Public safety personnel have been provided with protective masks and gloves, and response vehicles and uniforms are thoroughly disinfected as needed as a precaution against the transmission of COVID-19.

The county’s Consolidated Dispatch Center (911) is also using a protocol to identity potential symptoms of COVID-19.

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