Property crime down, say RCMP

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Dawson Creek RCMP say property crime dropped in 2020, while drug possession and trafficking is on the rise.

Staff Sgt. Damon Werrell says the drop is a sign police strategies are working.

“Our office will continue to develop priorities which support crime reduction and those which promote a safe and healthy community,” says Werrell, adding fentanyl continues to be an issue in the South Peace.

More than 20 search warrants were executed in the last nine months, with large amounts of the opioid being seized, he said.

“I can report that we have a seen a large increase of fentanyl in our area, much more so than the previous two years."

Werell noted a rise in drug charges can be attributed to proactive enforcement, as search warrants executed last year led to significant seizure of drugs, weapons, and stolen property.

Despite the success, property crime remains a top concern for Dawson Creek, representing 46% of all calls received by the detachment last year.

However, break and enters decreased by 36% for residences and 43% for businesses, while vehicle theft was down by 35%. Shoplifting also dropped by 23%.

Sexual assault and drug trafficking increased by 24% 25%, respectively.

Werrell says crimes against persons will likely be a policing priority in 2021. He added that community support is critical.

“Our partnerships have been; and remain, essential to reducing crime in the area and we recognize the numerous partners and stakeholders whom we work with throughout the year,” Werrell said.

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News