The RCMP have released an online crime reporting tool. Photo: Phil McLachlan

The RCMP have released an online crime reporting tool. Photo: Phil McLachlan

RCMP’s online crime reporting tool available in Nelson, Salmo, Kaslo

The tool allows residents to report non-emergency crimes

Submitted by the RCMP

In 2019, the BC RCMP began testing the Online Crime Reporting tool for residents to report non-emergency crimes online, while allowing their RCMP detachment frontline personnel to respond to more serious crimes.

The Online Crime Reporting Tool has now been adopted by most of the BC RCMP including the Central Kootenay RCMP detachments that provide policing services to the communities of Nelson, New Denver, Nakusp, Salmo and Kaslo.

“Our ultimate goal is to improve our service delivery to the communities we serve,” said Chief Superintendent Dave Attfield. “As we continue to assess the system and make adjustments, the tool will be implemented in a phased manner and eventually made available to all B.C. communities under RCMP jurisdiction.”

Residents and business owners from these communities, with a valid email address, will be able to use the Online Crime Reporting tool to report a crime that meets the following criteria:

• Your report will not require a follow up by a police officer.

• You have no witness nor suspect.

• You have lost something that costs less than $5,000.

• Someone has stolen something from you that costs less than $5,000.

• Someone has vandalized your property or vehicle and it will cost less than $5,000 to repair it.

• There are no items involving personal identity, firearms, licence plates or decals.

The system is available in English, and is accessible from the detachment website under the link “Report a Crime.”

If you have any questions about this new resource, please contact Corp. Derek Pitt of the Nelson RCMP at 250-352-2156.