Police say the number of people reporting crime online in Essex has more than doubled in the last month.
In July this year 1,045 people accessed the website to report non-emergency crimes compared with 428 the previous month – a 144% increase.
Amongst the types of crimes reported were cases of shoplifting, cycle theft, criminal damage, hare coursing, fraud and theft.
The number of people using the website to report non-emergency road traffic collisions and lost and found property has also steadily increased.
The force says improvements to the website will continue over the coming year and it is hoped users will eventually be able to upload files including CCTV footage and photographs as well as being able to register for an account enabling them to track the progress of the investigation into their crime.
You can report non-emergency crime, minor traffic collisions and lost and found property by visiting www.essex.police.uk.
The site also has access to online reporting services for fraud, hate crime, potholes, abandoned cars, street lighting and noise nuisance issues. It also provides a link to the “AskThePolice” national website which provides answers to frequently asked policing questions.