The Winnipeg Police Service has made improvements to its online crime reporting system.
The system, which is available 24/7, is accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone, and can be used to report an incident that is not an emergency.
For certain designated crime categories, persons wishing to report can do so online instead of waiting for an officer to call or meet in person.
In 2022, the Winnipeg Police Service received more than 48,000 online police reports.
As of July 2023, in addition to a broad range of categories that may be reported online, four categories are now mandatory online reports and not eligible for phone or in-person police response.
Those include vehicle hit and runs (when occupied), damage/mischief to a vehicle (other than during a collision), theft from a vehicle and fraud involving counterfeit bills.
Upon completing an online report, citizens are given a report number and their report is sent to the appropriate investigative unit for follow-up.
The Winnipeg Police Service says it is important to know that online reports receive the same attention as a report taken by way of traditional police response (in-person, telephone, etc.).