Friday, December 2nd, 2016

St. Catharines Collision Reporting Centre Opens

Niagara Region’s 3rd Collision Reporting Centre is now open in the City of St. Catharines.

Accident Support Services International Ltd. operates 3 CRCs in partnership with the Niagara Regional Police Service; the new location at 68 Church Street, St. Catharines, and locations in Welland and Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The St. Catharines Collision Reporting Centre will provide additional value to the public in Niagara Region in the reporting of vehicle collisions by providing a faster and safer response to property damage collisions.  In addition, this Centre will also help free up more officer time that can be re-allocated to other investigations and crime and accident prevention initiatives.   The CRCs are funded entirely by supporting insurers so there is no cost to the Police Service or local taxpayers. 

The new St. Catharines Collision Reporting Centre is located at 68 Church Street, St. Catharines.

The hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Collisions eligible for reporting at the Centre are property damage collisions where there are no injuries and no criminal offences involved.  Police will continue to investigate collisions at the scene that involve injuries, suspected criminal activity or damage to private property.

In cases where a collision occurs and vehicles are moveable, citizens will be directed to drive to the Centre to complete their report.  In cases where vehicles are not moveable, tow trucks are dispatched to the scene to clear the vehicles and transport parties involved to the CRC.  Upon arrival at the centre, citizens are greeted by a member of the Accident Support Services staff who provides assistance to complete the police report, applies the ‘damage reported to police’ sticker, photographs the damage to the vehicle, and offers the customer the opportunity to contact their family, broker or insurance company directly from the Centre.  The citizen is provided with a one-stop service opportunity for all of their reporting needs.  Completed police reports will be reviewed by police for accuracy and issuing of violation tickets if warranted.   

ASSI currently operates 30 Collision Reporting Centres in Ontario, 2 in Alberta and 1 in Roanoke, VA.  28 additional jurisdictions utilize ASSI’s CROMS program as their electronic collision and records management database.

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