The Prince George RCMP detachment has been selected to join other communities in B.C. participating in an online crime reporting pilot project.
Beginning today, the Prince George RCMP will be accepting crime reports through an online reporting tool on its web site, www.princegeorge.rcmp.ca. Online crime reporting provides an alternative way for the public to report less serious crimes that occurred in Prince George and the surrounding areas.
The following incidences will be reportable online:
- Damage/mischief to property where the value is under $5,000;
- Damage/mischief to a vehicle where the value is under $5,000;
- Hit & run to property or an unoccupied vehicle;
- Theft of bicycle where the value is under $5,000;
- Theft of other property where the value is under $5,000;
- Theft from a vehicle where the value is under $5,000;
- 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 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 validation decals on licence plates;
- The user MUST agree to the terms and conditions of use.
In addition to providing a more convenient way for residents to make a report meeting the above criteria, this new tool will also allow call takers and frontline personnel to focus on higher priority calls, which will improve overall safety and response times in the city.
“Reports from the public are an essential part of determining how our policing resources are deployed in the city,” said Staff Sergeant Kent MacNeill, acting Operations Officer for the Prince George RCMP, in a news release. “This online reporting tool will provide a more convenient way to report less serious incidents that do not require police follow-up, while allowing frontline officers to focus on emergency and more serious calls for service. Ultimately, this will enhance our service delivery to residents of Prince George and surrounding communities.”
To make a report using the Online Crime Reporting tool visit www.princegeorge.rcmp.ca/report.
This move is part of an expansion of a pilot project launched in select B.C. communities this past summer. For more details on the provincial launch of this program, click here.