In a recent press release, the Saskatchewan RCMP said it is pleased to announce the launch of Online Crime Reporting. The Online Crime Reporting tool will allow residents with a valid email address and Internet connection to report select crimes online using a computer or cellphone. Every crime reported to police matters.
When crime is reported to police, it provides a clearer picture of the types and number of crimes occurring in a specific area. This information can launch future police projects and initiatives. In addition, crime statistics are one of several components analyzed when determining officer deployment in RCMP detachments and units.
The following crimes can be reported through the Online Crime Reporting tool:
- Damage/mischief to property under $5,000;
- Theft of bicycle under $5,000;
- Theft under $5,000;
- Theft from vehicle under $5,000;
- Lost or found property; and
- Damage/mischief to vehicle under $5000.
Incidents must also satisfy the following conditions to be reported online:
- No witnesses or suspects;
- Item(s) lost or stolen must cost less than $5,000;
- Vandalized property that will cost less than $5,000 to repair; and
- There are no items involving personal identity, firearms, license plates or decals.
If an incident does not fall within the reportable incident types, the local RCMP detachment must be contacted. Crime reported online will be treated the same as crime reported in any other way.
“Since February 8, 2021 we have been piloting Online Crime Reporting in the communities of Swift Current, Yorkton, Kindersley, Melfort, Humboldt and Spiritwood. We are excited to launch this new tool Saskatchewan-wide in RCMP jurisdiction to provide the public with a new way of reporting crime to our detachments. We need the public’s help to ensure all crime is reported,” said Supt. Maureen Wilkie, Assistant Criminal Operations Officer for the Saskatchewan RCMP.