Comox Valley crime reporting goes digital
Hands on keyboards. (Vista Radio stock photo)
An online crime reporting tool is now available in the Comox Valley.
The RCMP is among the police forces across British Columbia taking online crime reports.
The new website is an alternative way to report less serious crime.
These are reportable online:
- Damage/mischief under $5,000 to property;
- Damage/mischief under $5,000 to vehicle;
- Hit and run to unoccupied vehicle or property;
- Theft of bicycle under $5,000;
- Theft under $5,000;
- Theft under $5,000 from vehicle;
- Lost property.
To make a report online you have to meet the following criteria:
- You must use your real name and have a valid e-mail address;
- There must not be any witnesses or suspects;
- Follow-up by a police officer must not be required;
- Reports must not involve personal identification (passports, drivers licences, etc), firearms, licence plates or decals;
- The user must agree to the terms and conditions of use.
The RCMP says its goal is to allow dispatchers to focus on higher priority calls, which will improve overall safety and response times in the city.
“We use all of the reports coming into the Comox Valley RCMP to help us determine how best to use our resources,” said Inspector Mike Kurvers, Officer in Charge, Comox Valley RCMP.
“This new online system allows residents to report these non-emergency matters at their convenience which might lead to more accurate crime reporting here in the Comox Valley.”
You can report a crime by clicking here.