Online shopping is on the rise, and the popularity of home deliveries is creating a new problem in buildings that are not equipped with a parcel locker or a concierge. Parcels left in building’s lobbies are at risk of theft.
Same goes for graffities or tags, which are becoming increasingly common. Some of Montreal’s boroughs offer a graffiti removal service. You can have graffiti removed from walls and buildings you own, at your request or that of someone representing you. (It’s free. The cost of the work is assumed by the borough, with some exceptions.)
But did you know that, if you are victim of parcel theft, graffiti, mischief, or vandalism…, you can file a police report online, without having to visit your local police station?
SPVM specifies on their website that 5 types of reports may be filed online:
Theft of or in a vehicle
Article that was not stolen, but that you can no longer find
Drawing, word or symbol (without hate connotation) on a wall or a structure
Graffiti on vehicle
Drawing, word or symbol (without hate connotation) on a vehicle See mandatory photo specification before completing a report
This way, all communications can be made by email, saving you the trouble of having to go to the police station.
The report you make online will be reviewed, and if modifications are necessary, a request for modification will be sent by email. Once the report corrected and approved, the SPVM specifies that “you will receive your official event number by email with a copy of the report in PDF format”.
Make sure you have information and details of the incident/theft, such as the date and place of the theft, pictures (if graffiti) or information about the vehicle involved, if applicable.
If the type of incident you have suffered falls within the list above, you can start your report directly online.
Consult the SPVM website to make an online report (If the incident did not occur on Montreal’s Island, you must refer to your local police department.)