Campbell River violent crime drops, but b&e, auto theft on the rise

Break and enters to homes increased by 76 per cent in the second quarter

Violent crime is down slightly in Campbell River but residential break and enters and theft from vehicles is on the rise.

Break and enters to homes increased by 76 per cent in the second quarter of this year (April-June) over the previous quarter (January-March).

“This increase contrasts with the historic low number of break and enters reported in quarter one of 2012 and is attributable to a doubling in the overall number of residential break and enters (from 19 to 38),” said Insp. Lyle Gelinas.

According to Gelinas, police have identified several offenders responsible and have requested multiple break and enter charges against three individuals.

Business break and enters are down 48 per cent compared to the first six months of 2011 and are at their lowest level since July 2007.

Thefts from vehicles increased 47 per cent, from 58 to 85, during the second quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter.

Multiple offences were committed by a small group of local youth who have admitted responsibility, returned several stolen items and been held accountable via the Restorative Justice process.

During this quarter, 10 theft under $5,000 cases were handled by the Restorative Justice unit as were four mischief under $5,000 cases; three possessions of stolen property; one assault with a weapon; and three fraud and public mischief cases. This year the RCMP received 6,893 calls, lodged 704 prisoners and did 181 street checks. There have been no murders, six robberies, 187 assaults, 12 sexual offences, 91 break and enters (residential, business, theft of and from autos), 119 drug offences, 320 liquor offences and 56 traffic collisions with 56 injuries.