On the 4th of March, Cobourg Police Chief Paul VandeGraaf had an open house where he answered citizens’ questions (see link below) and in response to a request for “e-reporting”, the Cobourg Police web site now has an Online Reporting Portal. Intended for non-urgent minor crimes, it allows citizens to report crimes like bullying, damage to property, lost property, thefts from vehicles, theft of gas, theft under $5000 and traffic complaints – there’s more detail below. If it’s an emergency, call 911; or if you witnessed who did the crime (you know who the “suspect” is), then call the Police directly at 905-372-6821. Motor vehicle accidents are not included – they should continue to be reported to the Collision Reporting Centre located at the Cobourg Police Station on King Street. Stolen vehicles are also not considered a minor crime.
Crimes that can be Reported Online
|Repeated, persistent and aggressive behavior intended to cause fear, distress, or harm to another person’s body, emotions, self-esteem or reputation. This includes but not limited to: Verbal, physical, social and cyber-bullying
|Damage/Mischief to Property
|The act of vandalizing or defacing property without the owner’s consent.
|Graffiti, broken lawn ornaments, throwing a rock through a window, etc.
|Damage/Mischief to Vehicle
|The act of vandalizing or defacing a vehicle. If your vehicle was damaged and items were stolen, please choose incident type “Theft from Vehicle”.
|Keying, broken windows, slashing tires, vehicle ransacked, etc.
|When property is missing or lost.
|Property that is missing, leaving items in restaurant, lost cell phone, etc.
|Theft from Vehicle
|Property is taken from a vehicle without the owner’s permission.
|Stereo, personal items, laptop, etc. taken from a vehicle without the owner’s permission.
|Theft of Gas
|When gasoline is taken without payment.
|Someone takes gasoline without paying for it. NOTE: This is for gas stations only.
|Theft Under $5,000
|Property other than a vehicle is taken without your permission.
|Something that you own is taken without the owner’s consent. Stolen vehicles cannot be reported online. This includes cars, trucks, atv’s, snowmachines, trailers and road building machines.
|This program is a community driven program which encourages reporting of incidents involving dangerous and or aggressive driving. A dangerous or aggressive driver should never be approached or confronted by a citizen.
|Traffic Complaint reports could include:
• Excessive speed
• Aggressive driving
• Careless / Dangerous driving
• Stop sign or red light violations
• Unsafe passing
• Following too closely
• Fail to yield to pedestrian
• School bus violations
• Distracted driver (failure to use hands-free device)
• Community safety zone violations
You can still report by phone but because it’s a low-level crime, it’s deemed low priority so you may have to wait before an officer is able to respond to take a report. Police feel that by providing an online reporting portal, these incidents are more likely to be reported. Chief Paul VandeGraaf said that “Even if a crime is classified as low priority, the incidents are important. These reports can help us identify crime trends and react appropriately, helping us make the community a safer place for everyone.”
Coffee with the Police Chief – 5 March 2020