Thefts, assaults on the rise

Thefts and assaults are increasing in Campbell River, according to the RCMP quarterly report

  • Sep. 20, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Thefts and assaults are increasing in Campbell River, according to the RCMP quarterly report.

The report spans from April to the end of June, and the amount of calls the detachment received was about the same this year as last year, according to RCMP Insp. Lyle Gelinas.

However, the number of assaults went up from 91 last year to 122 this year. Also, theft over $5,000 went up from three last year to 23 this year, and theft under $5,000 rose from 181 last year to 243 this year.

But Sgt. Craig Massey of the Campbell River RCMP pointed out that the reports fluctuate and that snapshots showing three months of statistics can seem more alarming than they actually are. He expects the numbers for these categories will go down again in the coming months.

On a positive note, frauds went down, from 31 last year to 22 this year, and traffic collisions went from 95 last year to 74 this year.

The current priorities of the Campbell River RCMP are: police community relations directed at youth safety in aboriginal communities, and communication directed at First Nation communities, organized crime directed at local and outside organized crime groups, traffic directed at prolific suspended drivers, and crime reduction directed at prolific offenders and crime hotspots.

On April 17, Crime Stoppers added the ability to submit tips from iPhones, and on May 1 the organized crime and gang tip line opened.

“In this quarter there were 55 tips received, five arrests, 33 matters cleared, nine charges, three weapons recovered, and $1200 worth of property recovered,” wrote Gelinas in his report.

He noted that Restorative Justice program referrals were down from the first quarter but added that they are on the rise again now.

The majority of offenders referred this quarter were youth with three being adults.

Gelinas said the program continues to benefit the detachment and the community.

According to Gelinas, the Police Dog Section (PDS) calls for service went down in this quarter, but are picking up. The dogs recently had their skill sets upgraded in high-risk tracking, building clearing, and vehicle stops, and he said they are integral to police work in Campbell River.

“It is a well known fact that the type of individuals our members deal with are generally more violent due to mental health issues compounded by alcohol or drugs,” he wrote.

“The increased lack of respect for authority in general is another factor we deal with daily.

“The above noted issues are easier to resolve when a PDS unit is available.”

Just Posted

Man exposes himself to woman waiting for bus in Campbell River

Police responded to a complaint that a male had exposed himself to… Continue reading

John Hart Generating Station officially fully operational

Still a few finishing touches, and more more work on the Campbell River system in the coming years

VIDEO: Drivers swerve to avoid giant potholes on dangerous road near Campbell River

Confusion reigns over responsibility for road maintenance north of John Hart Dam

Strathcona Regional District wants to develop wildfire plans for more areas

Board passes motion to apply for grant to fund planning work for Area A, Read Island

B.C. to move salmon farms out of coastal migration route

Broughton Archipelago plan set to start in spring of 2019

VIDEO: Drivers swerve to avoid giant potholes on dangerous road near Campbell River

Confusion reigns over responsibility for road maintenance north of John Hart Dam

Man rescued from sinking boat off the coast of Vancouver Island

Mayday call came into Coast Guard saying vessel had taken on water, BC Ferries dispatched to scene

Publication ban on name of girl killed in Abbotsford school lifted

Reimer’s family had supported an application by Black Press to lift ban

B.C. securities regulator probes ‘most expansive’ alleged trading scheme in its history

Liht Cannabis Corp states it’s doing internal investigation, welcomes BC Securities Commission probe

Air passenger rights: 6 things about what the Liberals are offering

For 3- to 6-hour delays, compensation is $400. Between 6 and 9 hours, $700. Over 9 hours is $1,000

Descoteau’s mother, girlfriend reflect on tribulations of murder trial in Island city

Friends a strong support system in getting through testimony details

RCMP, civilian vehicles rammed in North Okanagan incident

Police attempt to stop truck near Enderby, thought to be tied to alleged Salmon Arm armed robbery

New biker gang with ties to Hells Angels crops up in Lower Mainland

The Street Reapers were formed late last year and have been seen in Fort Langley.

10-lane George Massey bridge too big, B.C. study says

Consultants say replacement tunnel cost similar to new bridge

Most Read