The Richmond RCMP has joined Surrey in launching a new online crime reporting tool.
The platform allows residents to report non-emergency crimes.
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Richmond is the second detachment of the BC RCMP to launch the program. Surrey was the first to roll out the pilot project last month, with Kelowna and Ridge Meadows soon to follow.
Citizens with a valid email address can report less serious crimes where there is no suspect or witness, and follow-up by a police officer is not required.
The following crimes can be reported through the portal:
- Damage/mischief to property under $5,000
- Damage/mischief to a vehicle under $5,000
- Hit and run to an unoccupied vehicle or property
- Theft of bicycle under $5,000
- Theft under $5,000
- Theft under vehicle under $5,000
- Lost property
Police say that in addition to the added convenience for users, the new tool will allow call takers and frontline personnel to focus on higher priority calls.
“This has been a much sought after feature by the community,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang in a statement. “Online Reporting not only provides convenience but greatly assists keeping our front line officers on the street and focused on priority calls for service.”
As a result, overall safety and response times are expected to be improved within the city.
The Richmond RCMP’s online crime reporting tool can be found here.