File the report anyways. Most police departments keep track of statistics and crime trends. If they start seeing a continuous problem in an area, they usually increase patrols or have special teams start working the area to catch bad guys.
Online reports bother me because untrained citizens really are not qualified to determine if a crime has actually been committed and also are not familiar with crime elements. Also, this makes it easier for someone to pull insurance scams if they wanted to. Finally, when people call the police for help, they expect to get a live, breathing police officer.
I have been to quite a few calls where someone alleges a certain type of crime has been committed, but upon further investigation, it is either something completely different or not a crime at all.
On the flip side, it might shorten response times for more important calls for service. Certain departments have such horrible response times, it is a wonder they ever catch crooks.
"If you expect logic associated with California law, it will only make your head hurt.." - Ron-Solo, 2013
Last edited by Armed24-7; 01-20-2013 at 8:16 AM..