The Terrace RCMP is making it easier for the public to report non-serious crimes.
Starting Jan. 23, the Terrace RCMP Detachment is launching ‘Online Crime Reporting’, a tool which will help police better allocate resources and capture information which may otherwise go unreported.
The tool is not meant as a replacement to calling police for assistance, but as an alternative way for the public to report less serious local crimes.
“It’s no secret, Terrace has experienced its share of property crimes this year” said Terrace RCMP Inspector, Jayson LUCASH. “There are often times when someone may have left their vehicle or outbuilding unlocked and noticed later that something was stolen, but have no information on where, when or who could be responsible for the theft. In such cases the Online Crime Reporting tool is a great way to allow police to capture information about where and what crime is occurring, without tying up resources to attend, document, and investigate a file that has no available evidence.”
After the Terrace launch on Jan. 23, residents will be able to report the following using the online tool:
- Damage/mischief to property where the value is under $5000;
- Damage/mischief to a vehicle where the value is under $5000;
- Hit & run to property or an unoccupied vehicle;
- Theft of bicycle where the value is under $5000;
- Theft of other property where the value is under $5000;
- Theft from a vehicle where the value is under $5000;
- Lost property.
In order to make a report online, the following conditions MUST be met:
- The member of the public making the online report MUST use their 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, driver’s licence, etc), firearms, licence plates or validation decals on license plates;
- The user MUST agree to the terms and conditions of use.
To make a report using the Online Crime Reporting tool visit www.bc.rcmp.ca/terrace/report following the launch on Jan. 23, 2020.
In addition to providing a more convenient way for residents to make a report, assuming it meets the above criteria, this new tool will also allow call takers and frontline personnel to focus on higher priority calls, which helps improve overall safety and response times.
The move toward online reporting is part of a pilot project expansion launched in select BC communities this past summer and fall, including Prince George. For a preview of how it will look, visit http://kelowna.rcmp-grc.gc.ca and click on the Report a Crime quick link on the right side of the page.