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As of May 20, 2020, Merritt residents will have the option to report specific crimes online at bc.rcmp.gc.ca/merritt/report. The only requirement is having a valid e-mail address. 

Online Crime Reporting is not new to the BC RCMP. Several Detachments around the Province, including Surrey, Maple Ridge, and Richmond have been using the program for over a year with great success. Online reporting serves a dual purpose: allowing dispatchers and police to prioritize more serious crimes while giving residents a quicker option for less serious ones. 

In order to report a crime online, it must meet 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 car and it will cost less than $5,000 to repair it 
  • There are no items involving personal identity, firearms, licence plates or decals

The following are online reportable crimes:

  • Damage/mischief to property under $5,000 
  • Damage/mischief to a vehicle under $5,000 
  • Hit and run to an unoccupied vehicle or property 
  • Theft of a bicycle under $5,000 
  • Theft under $5,000 
  • Theft from a vehicle under $5,000 
  • Lost property

 

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