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Online Police Reporting Frequently Asked Questions


Question: What if this happened in another city can I file a report using this online police citizen reporting system?
Answer: No, If a crime took place outside of of Loudoun County please call the police department for that county/city/town.


Question: What is a known suspect?
Answer: A known suspect is when you or someone else knows the person or where to find the person who committed the crime or the license plate number of the vehicle the suspect(s) were in.


Question: What crimes can only be reported in person?
Answer: * Larceny by force
* Larceny with a stolen driver’s license, passport or social security card
* Incidents occurring within the past 30 minutes
* Violent crimes (completed or attempted)
* Sex crimes (completed or attempted)
* Theft or loss of firearm
* Stolen vehicles (completed or attempted)
* Breaking and entering your home or business (completed or attempted)
* Crimes committed due to race, religion, ethnic or national origin, disability and/or sexual orientation


Question: Why can’t I use on-line reporting for all crimes?
Answer: Some crimes may require evidence collection, photography or other investigative procedures which require a deputy to respond to the scene of the crime.


Question: How long will it take to process my report?
Answer: Normally, within 72 hours


Question: Can I get a copy of the report?
Answer: Actual police reports are not released since they may contain information critical to an investigation or which could be used for identity theft. A verification letter regarding your report may be obtained by calling the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Records Section at 703-777-0407.


Question: What is the purpose of filing an online report?
Answer: * Primarily for public convenience. Additionally for insurance and police informational purposes
* Assists in preventing future crimes by providing statistics on trends, locations and times of violations.
* May assist in the identification and return of stolen property recovered as the result of other investigations.

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