Reporting minor crimes in Port Moody is now just a tap or mouse click away.
The city's police department (PMPD) has launched an online system for reporting crimes like vandalism, lost property, minor thefts, traffic complaints and graffiti.
"Online crime reporting has become commonplace all over the world and there is a place for it in Port Moody," said Chief Constable David Fleugel in a news release, adding the types of reports to be filed online likely don't require the immediate attendance of an officer.
Fleugel said emergencies and crimes in progress should still be reported to 911 and the department's non-emergency line (604-461-3456) continues to be operational.
"But," he added, "for those who are comfortable with online reporting, for the types of complaints that are appropriate, we encourage citizens to consider this an efficient option."
Earlier this month, Coquitlam RCMP launched an online tool that allows residents to pinpoint the locations of crimes like break-ins to homes and businesses as well as theft from autos and auto thefts.
The interactive crime map is updated four times a year and will allow residents to take proactive steps to safeguard their property and discourage crime, said detachment spokesperson Cpl. Alexa Hodgins.