Online crime reporting system prevents 75 police-public contacts, and counting, during COVID-19
2020-05-05 13:40 PDT
Since North Vancouver RCMP launched online crime reporting system 3 months ago, North Vancouver residents have been making good use of the service. "We’re happy to see how many people have been reporting through the website," said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. "Maybe it’s because people have been at home more, maybe it’s just because it’s such a convenient way to report, but whatever the reason, we like what we see."
"We’ve received around 90 since we launched in February," said DeVries, who noted most reports have been for mischief and thefts from auto. On 14 occasions the Detachment dispatched an officer to follow up on some investigative steps, but the remainder of the reports were opened and completed the same day without a need for officer attendance. "It allows officers to spend more time focussing on other community safety initiatives. And in terms of COVID-19, it’s been a healthy and safe way to limit personal contact between officers and the public. When you look at it that way, that’s around 75 times we’ve been able to prevent contact that could have spread the virus."
A typical report will take around 15 minutes to complete. "All we need is your name, address, phone number and email address," said DeVries. "Users just have to click a link to get started." The link is available on the Detachment’s website (https://ocre-sielc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/nvan/en).
Any resident of North Vancouver can use online crime reporting if the incident took place within the jurisdiction of the North Vancouver RCMP and they have:
- lost something that costs less than $5000
- had something stolen that costs less than $5000
- had property or a vehicle vandalized and it will cost less than $5000 to repair it
There are some instances where online crime reporting is not available:
- when there is a witness or suspect
- when there are lost or stolen items involving personal identity, firearms, license plates or decals
Sgt. Peter DeVriesMedia Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
- Date modified: