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Can You File An Online FIR In Bangalore? Key Facts You Need To Know

Lost some valuable property in Bangalore? Wondering how to file an online FIR in Bangalore? Want to know how to file an e FIR in Bangalore? Is there an option to register an e-lost report?

How to lodge a sim card or mobile lost complaint online in Bangalore? How to register Bangalore city police e-lost & found report? Find answers to all your questions related to online FIR and e-lost report in Bengaluru.

Well, for most of us, loss of a valuable, be it a mobile phone, passport or certificates, is often followed by questions such as ‘Should I report the loss?’ ‘Am I supposed to file an FIR?’ ‘Can I file an FIR?’ ‘Is there an option to file an Online FIR?’ etc. 

Here is an attempt to give you clarity on what you can do if you lose anything valuable, in the city of Bangalore. 

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Is It Possible To File An e FIR In Bangalore?

At the outset, we want to put to rest the misunderstanding that there is an option to file an online FIR in Bangalore.

While you do have an online option to report a lost item online through the designated portal of the Bengaluru City Police, currently, there is no online option for filing online FIR in Bangalore. 

It will be helpful to understand the scenarios when an FIR can be registered and when the police will only take on record a lost report, to better understand the options available to you, in case you lose any property in Bangalore.


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What Is An FIR?

A First Information Report (FIR), as the name indicates is the first information provided to the police about an offence.

An FIR can be registered by the concerned police station about a cognizable offence like theft, murder, etc., where the police are empowered to investigate and effect an arrest, without a warrant.

For this reason, the police station is mandatorily required to take action once an FIR registered.

In the context of property loss, an FIR is to be filed, and will be registered only when the loss is the result of an offence such as theft. 

In cases where you lose a property, but it wasn’t stolen from you or if you are unsure if it was stolen, you can still file a lost report with the concerned police station.

An information about any item lost in Bangalore that you provide is registered at the State Crimes Record Bureau. This information is often used for future reference to verify anyone reporting the item as found or if the item is found in any other manner.

Other than this, it is not obligatory for the police to take any other action on a lost report.

Please do note that filing a false report is a punishable offence. So, please ensure first that your article is indeed lost before filing a report.

E-Lost & Found Report App And Portal To File Online Police Compliant In Bangalore

Bengaluru City Police has facilitated online filing of lost report through two online channels: (i) the E-Lost & Found Report web portal accessible through the Bangalore City Police website; and ii) E-Lost Report, mobile application, compatible for both Android and iOS devices. 

The E-lost Report app is a convenient method to easily report lost items. You can lodge a new report, view your past reports and find out if a reported item has been recorded as found by the police station. The App also has a set of useful FAQs in case you have any doubt using the App.

  • Android users can download the E-Lost Report Application here.
  • iOS users can download the E-Lost Report Application here .

We give you answers to some of the most commonly asked questions related to reporting loss of property in Bengaluru, options available regarding FIR, option to file online complaint in Bangalore, etc.

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How To File An E-Lost And Found Report

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Online FIR In Bangalore With City Police – Find Answers To All Your Questions

Can I File An Online FIR In Bangalore?

No. Currently, there is no option for filing an online FIR in Bangalore. If you wish to report any offence, for which an FIR can be filed, you need to inform the concerned police station, depending on the place the offence was committed, or at your nearest police station.

Can I File An Online FIR in Bangalore To Report Loss Of My Passport?

No. There is no option for filing an online FIR in Bangalore. However, if your passport was lost but not stolen, you can file an online ‘lost report’ either through the ‘E-lost & Found Portal’ of the Bengaluru City Police or through the ‘E-Lost Report’ mobile application.

If your passport was lost as a result of theft in Bangalore, you need to approach the concerned police station in Bangalore, where the theft happened and file an FIR.

Why Is It Important To Report The Loss Of An Item?

Reporting a loss is often critical for claiming insurance on the loss or even to get duplicate copies issued where you lose any important documents.

Also, reporting a lost item is very important for your own protection in the unfortunate event that someone misuses a stolen item.

How Can I File An Online FIR In Bangalore To Report Loss Of An Item?

You cannot file an Online FIR in Bangalore. However, You can follow the steps below to lodge online a lost report in Bangalore, if your lost item was not stolen: 

Step 1 – Visit the E-lost & Found Portal of the Bengaluru City Police or download the E-lost & Found App.

Step 2 Click on the option ‘Lodge Lost Report’. If you are a new user, you need to register in the site by providing your name, mobile number, email id, date of birth and details of ID proof. Once you enter the OTP, you will be able to login. If you are an existing user, you can enter your mobile number or email id and login using the OTP. 
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For users of the ‘E-Lost Report’ mobile application, you need to register as above first, before you can click on the lost report option.

Step 3 – Once you Login click on ‘Register Lost Report’, you will be required to your Personal Details in the indicated fields and click ‘Next’.

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Step 4 – Enter the relevant details in the page for the ‘Place & Time of Occurrence’ and click ‘Next’. If you do not know the exact date and time of loss, you can enter the time period from which the item has been lost. If you do not know the district in Karnataka, please mention it, as the portal is used only for reporting losses in Bangalore.

Step 5 – Now enter the details of the article that you have lost. You can choose the details from the drop down menu. Give a detailed description of the article such as shape, color, model number etc. You can click on ‘Add More Articles’, where more than one item has been lost (eg. loss of wallet, laptop, id cards, phone etc. when you lose a bag)

Step 6 – Click ‘Submit’ and your lost report has been duly filed. You will receive a digitally signed report on your registered mobile number as well as your registered email id.

Is the E-Lost Report Valid For Applying For A Duplicate? 

Yes. The Lost Report is digitally signed and can be used and verified as proof of loss, for issuing duplicates, by any authority.

Can I Get A Copy Of The E-Lost Report Later?

Yes. You can login to the e-lost & Found Report web platform or the mobile application and click on the tab ‘Authenticate Submitted Report’.

You will be asked to enter the Lost Article Report Number allotted when you filed the report. Once you enter the Lost Article Report Number, click on ‘View Lost Report’ and you can view the report.

You will also receive a copy of the report mailed to your registered email id simultaneously.

How Can I File An Online FIR In Bangalore To Report My Lost Mobile Phone?

At present there is no option for filing an online FIR in Bangalore.

However, if your mobile was lost but not stolen, you can use the online option of filing a ‘lost report’ through the ‘E-lost & Found Report Portal’ or through the ‘E-Lost Report’ mobile application of the Bengaluru City Police.

If your mobile was stolen, please approach the police station in Bangalore in whose jurisdiction the theft and file an FIR.

How Do I File An Online FIR In Bangalore To Recover My Lost Degree Certificate?

There is no option to file an Online FIR in Bangalore. However, if your degree certificate was not stolen, but lost or misplaced, you need not file an FIR to report the loss.

You can avail the option to file a Lost Report online either through the ‘E-lost & Found Portal’ or the ‘E-Lost Report’ mobile application, operated by the Bengaluru City Police.

Can I Check The Details Online Of An FIR filed In Bengaluru?

Yes. You can check the status of an FIR filed by you any where in Karnataka, through the “FIR Search” facilitated by the Karnataka State Police.

If you need to know the details online of an FIR filed in Bengaluru, you can keep the following details ready and access the FIR search portal here:
1) Name of Police Station where the FIR was filed
2) FIR Number
3) Year of filing the FIR 

 First, select the District as Bangalore. Enter the other details and the captcha as displayed, click on ‘Search’, and you will be able to view the details of the relevant FIR.

Can I File An Online Police Complaint In Bangalore With City Police?

A.  Yes. You can use the Online Complaints portal of Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) for filing an online police complaint. The following simple steps will guide you in the process:

Step 1 – Access the Online Complaints page of the BMTF website. 

Step 2 – You can find the “Complaints Online’ form when you scroll down. Enter the all details indicated as mandatory, such as your name, address, phone number, email id, complaint details, location etc.

Step 3 – You can choose to keep your identity confidential by choosing the relevant option in the form, while making the complaint.

Step 4 – Once you have entered all the details, click on “Submit” and your complaint will be lodged with the BMTF.


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4 Comments

  1. Hello Chandana,

    Thank you for writing to us. The Current India is not a government platform and therefore we are not the appropriate forum to report this issue.

    Please follow the steps for filing a lost report as per the process we have detailed in the article. You can also check out the video link for easily understanding the step by step process of filing a lost report.

    Best/ Team TCI

  2. Hello,

    Thank you for writing to us. The Current India is not a government platform and therefore we are not the appropriate forum to report this issue.

    Please follow the steps for filing a lost report as per the process we have detailed in the article. You can also check out the video link for easily understanding the step by step process of filing a lost report.

    Best/ Team TCI

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