Department upgrades Web site

Chicago Police Department superintendent Garry McCarthy has announced that the department has improved its Web site, which can be reached at

"Our revamped Web site is a step forward for our community policing efforts," McCarthy said. "The new site is a one-stop shop where residents can get information and partner with us to share information as we work together to continue reducing crime."

The site features expanded online crime reporting. The public can report certain crimes to the department from any Web-connected device, including lost property and theft under $500, theft over $500 except firearm, retail theft, financial identity theft under $300, financial identity theft over $300, criminal damage to property, criminal damage to vehicle, criminal defacement and simple assault.

Surveillance images from closed circuit television system security cameras that might contain images of wanted criminals will be posted and available for the public to submit tips related to the incidents, which are routed to investigators.

The new site allows the public to quickly share Web content with Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.

The public can use the department’s anonymous tip submission system through the new site and from any cell phone capable of sending text messages. Tips are routed to the Crime Prevention and Information Center, where they are reviewed and distributed for investigative follow-up.

The site will continue to allow access to information and tools, including crime maps and statistics. Crime conditions can be quickly mapped to show activity occurring near any location in the city. Statistical reports can be generated by district, area or citywide.

The public can submit anonymous concerns to their district community policing office for chronic disorder issues. The platform allows two-way communication between members of the public and their community policing officer, for feedback concerning the status of the reported concern.

The site also features a calendar of CAPS community events such as beat meetings as well as crime bulletins and directories of community resources such as youth, senior and domestic violence services.

The public also can register bicycles online.