Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today joined Detective Chief Inspector Grant Healey from Penrith Local Area Command to urge residents to make use of a new community crime reporting portal offering a quick and secure way to report crime in Penrith.
The NSW Police Force Community Portal, which went live on Wednesday 15 June 2016, gives members of the public the option to report lost property, theft and intentional damage, including graffiti, online via a secure, efficient and convenient platform.
Inspector Healey said “This system is user-friendly and with step-by-step instructions, we’re confident that anyone can lodge a report quickly and easily from anywhere with Internet access”.
Stuart Ayres said the tool would be extremely useful for people in the Penrith Local Area Command and the report can also be used for insurance purposes.
“This fantastic initiative allows Penrith locals to report crime through a handy, secure online option,” said Stuart Ayres.
Use of the portal, which is linked to a Service NSW account, also allows people who report non-urgent crime to make and receive updates on their cases.
Lost property, intentional damage and theft resulted in 600,000 police reports in 2014 and 2015 across NSW.
To use the portal, community members must simply create a MyServiceNSW account on the Service NSW website, which they’ll then be able to connect with the NSW Police Force, to successfully complete a report.
Commissioner Scipione said the Community Portal would not replace the ability for people to report these types of crimes to police in person or on the phone, but it adds a convenient online reporting tool.
“Lodging a report via the Community Portal can be completed in a matter of minutes, it’s incredibly efficient and you’ll be notified once your report has been received,’’ Commissioner Scipione said.
“The portal also facilitates two-way communication between officers, PoliceLink and the community – so members of the public can be kept informed should their report require further investigation.”
“Service NSW is working with agencies across government to save customers time and hassle – if you don’t already have a MyServiceNSW account, I encourage you to register at https://my.service.nsw.gov.au/MyServiceNSW/index#/createAccount.’’
The NSW Police Force Community Portal can be accessed via: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_portal/home