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New online crime reporting helps RCMP reunite items with owners

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said the new system facilitates people reporting on a variety of incidents—including lost items—via the website available at tinyurl.com/RCMPOnlineReport.

"The incident must have occurred in Richmond and the value of items lost, stolen or damaged cannot be worth more than $5,000," Ashton said.

Every year, police recover items that they can't reunite with the rightful owner.

This new reporting system hopes to address that problem.

"We are hoping that those people who don't report a crime because they believe the value is low will use the online reporting system. We get found property turned in all the time, but cannot return it if we don't know where it came from," Ashton said. "The online system is really designed to meet the needs of our social media savvy community."

Also reportable are incidents of theft, vandalism and hit-and-run.

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