by Stephen Dafoe –
The Alberta RCMP have rolled out a province-wide online crime reporting initiative that allows Albertans to report select property crimes online. They are encouraging the public to report less serious crime online, whenever possible, allowing frontline members to concentrate on high-priority calls.
With the goal of making sure all crime is reported, no matter how small, the RCMP says the online reporting project was initiated to make sure the public can report select crime types in the most convenient or accessible way to them. Doing so, provides police with the most accurate crime data, allowing appropriate resources to be deployed.
Residents will be able to report damage/mischief to property under $5,000, theft of bicycle under $5,000, theft under $5,000, theft from a vehicle under $5,000, and lost property.
To be reported online, RCMP say there must be no witnesses or suspects, the stolen item or items, must cost less than $5,000. The same applies to vandalized property, which must cost less than $5,000 to repair. Additionally, online reporting cannot involve personal identity, firearms, licence plates or decals.
RCMP says they will follow up on all crimes reported online with a phone call from an officer from “K” Division’s Call Back Unit (CBU) within five business days.
“The Alberta RCMP is always looking for new opportunities to modernize and streamline our services for all Albertans – no matter where they live in the province,” said Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, Commanding Officer of Alberta RCMP. “Online crime reporting is accessible and convenient and will help us capture more intelligence when it comes to property crime occurring in all of the communities we serve. Offering a contactless service is also vital in these times when physical distancing is so important.”
Airdrie, Banff, Cold Lake, Grande Prairie, Red Deer and Strathcona County have been piloting the program since June 1.
The link to report a crime online can be found here: https://ocre-sielc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/alberta.