It sucks to be a victim of any crime, even if it isn't serious. There's the feeling of being violated followed by the hassle of the reporting process; at least that is how it used to be, but reporting what happened has just gotten easier.
The Squamish RCMP and Bowen Island RCMP are now able to receive non-emergency reports online.
"Our new online reporting tool gives citizens a faster way to report less serious crimes," reads an RCMP release.
What you can report
*Lost or stolen items under $5,000 (other than personal identity, firearms, licence plates/decals)
*Property damage or vandalism that will cost less than $5,000 to repair
*A driving complaint that is not in progress
*Crimes that have happened within the jurisdiction of the Squamish RCMP or Bowen Island RCMP
The new process means victims receive an immediate RCMP file number and the overall process takes about 15 minutes. It also means improved crime stats for the RCMP.
What you need to file a report
*valid email address
Use the following links to report:
Squamish RCMP: www.bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/squamish/report
Bowen Island RCMP: www.bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/bowenisland/report