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Penticton, Summerland RCMP having success with online crime reporting

They have also added new crimes that can be reported online

Penticton and Summerland RCMP have had a successful first year using their online reporting tool

The detachments are reporting the tool has been a “tremendous success” since it was launched a year ago.

Online reporting has accounted for three per cent of the Penticton detachment’s overall file count, the department said in a press release.

Now citizens can report even more crimes using the online crime reporting tool as the RCMP has added additional occurrences to report.

The newly added types of crime that can be reported online include hit and runs to an unoccupied vehicle or property, general driving complaints, and lost or stolen licence plates or decals.

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“We want to encourage people in our community to continue to report crimes and suspicious occurrences to the police,” said Const. James Grandy. “Having the convenient option available for people to report crimes online is proving to be a great way to capture crimes which may have otherwise gone unreported.”

Below is a full list of incidents people can report online:

· Damage/Mischief Under $5000 to Property

· Damage/Mischief Under $5000 to Vehicle

· Theft of Bicycle Under $5000

· Theft Under $5000

· Theft Under $5000 from Vehicle

· Lost Property

· Hit and Run to Unoccupied Vehicle or Property (New)

· Driving Complaints (New)

· Lost or Stolen Licence Plates or Decals (New)

The RCMP review each report and follow up as required, they said in a press release.

“This modern reporting method has increased our officer’s ability to investigate serious offences and continue efforts to reduce crime in our communities,” said Grandy.

To report a crime in Penticton click here, for Summerland click here.

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