Non-emergency text message reporting service a hit in Abby


ABBOTSFORD (NEWS1130) – A program in Abbotsford that lets you report non-emergency problems to police via text message is a big success just a few months after its launch.

It’s doing lot better than an online reporting program introduced a year ago.

“We do get maybe a handful of those reports on a monthly basis,” explains Constable Ian MacDonald.

“But from the text contact standpoint, we get several text contacts in a day.”

Not every contact is legitimate; there have been some pranksters too.

“An individual from Toronto [requested] that we bring beer,” MacDonald.

“The answer to the question is no, we didn’t transport any beer to Toronto!”

If you do have a problem and you’re in Abbotsford, you can text police using the code 222973.

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