Edmonton’s police chief is blaming the city’s increase in property and violent crime on the economic downturn in Alberta’s northern oilpatch — problems that could eventually find their way east.
People coming back to Edmonton after losing jobs in Cold Lake and Fort McMurray are behind an increase in crime in the province’s capital city, Chief Rod Knecht told press last week. Alberta’s capital has seen an 18 per cent increase in property crimes and a 12 per cent increase in violent crimes this year, according to the police force.
But on Monday, acting police Chief Brian Simpson clarified that a variety of factors were at play.
“It’s not about the oilfield workers; it’s about the oil economy,” Simpson said at a news conference.
If the chief’s statements are accurate, it wouldn’t be the first time that an economic slowdown leads to increases in crime elsewhere, Albert Jones, a law professor at Memorial University in St. John’s, tells Yahoo Canada News.
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