Penticton RCMP remind residents of a Crime Reporting website that allows the public to report non-emergency crimes online.
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“The cause of the outage is currently being investigated and TELUS technicians continue to work through the night,” E-Comm said in a press release Thursday.
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The RCMP said the idea of the online reporting tool is that front-line officers will be free to respond to serious emergencies and spend more time on proactive policing initiatives.
“Each online report received will be reviewed by a supervisor, and if follow-up is required, an officer can always be engaged,” the Penticton RCMP constable said. Dayne Lyons in a press release.
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“This modern reporting method will increase our officer’s ability to investigate serious crime and further efforts to reduce crime in our community.”
Any City of Penticton resident with a valid email address can report a crime online using a computer, smartphone or tablet.
To report an online crime, it must meet specific criteria:
- Your report does not require follow-up by a police officer.
- You have no witnesses or suspects.
- You lost something that costs less than $5,000.
- Someone stole something from you that costs less than $5,000.
- Someone has vandalized your property or vehicle and it will cost you less than $5,000 to fix it.
- There are no items involving personal identification, firearms, license plates or decals.
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