Crime statistics decrease locally

Criminal activity has taken a significant plunge in the North Okanagan.

There was a 7.68 per cent decrease in Criminal Code offences, such as drugs and robberies, between April and June compared to the second quarter in 2010.

“My hope is that we’ll keep maintaining that success,” said Supt. Reg Burgess, officer-in-charge of the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP.

The reduction in crime is being linked to officers knowing where convicted criminals should be.

“We’ve been focusing on prolific offenders with curfew checks,” said Burgess.

“They consistently breach and we consistently put them before the court. That either puts them back in jail or it corrects the behaviour.”

The detachment also went undercover during the second quarter.

They purchased drugs from 21 different people during a May-long sting in Vernon.

“Warrants were issued for their arrest. They were very prolific offenders,” said Burgess.

The downtown enforcement unit was kept busy during the second quarter in Vernon, with 24 arrests, three violation tickets and 13 street checks of unknown individuals.

While pleased with the decrease in Criminal Code offences, the RCMP still faces some challenges.

Impaired driving offences climbed 31.4 per cent between April and June.

Burgess says it’s obvious that some motorists are still not getting the message about the dangers of drinking and driving, but he says the statistics are also a positive indication of the hard work by officers.

“North Okanagan Traffic Services really helps carry the load and we also utilize reserve constables,” he said.


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