NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Police Department introduced a new system Wednesday that allows residents to report certain crimes online.

Now, residents can reports crimes like property damage, lost property, thefts, and additions to existing cases without having to call or wait for a police officer to make a report. There is also an option to download police reports for free.

“The NOPD Online reporting system will allow citizens to report non-violent crimes quickly and easily, and enable our department to continue focusing manpower and resources on protecting public safety,” said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. “It’s a win-win, for the city and for our officers.”

Officials said the system is expected to free up officers time in responding to calls in person and hopefully improve response times for emergencies.

Click here to visit the NOPD's Online Crime Reporting system.