Concerned Enderby citizens confront city council on crime

About 25 residents attended Monday’s meeting to discuss recent increases in crime rates.

After noticing an increase in crime within the city, a group of Enderby citizens decided to take their concerns to city council.

Discussions began on the community Facebook forum If It Happens In Enderby It Stays In Enderby and, noticing the frequency of posts surrounding the issue, the group’s moderator Lori Heins decided to take action. Joined by about 25 other concerned citizens, she was tasked with the role of spokesperson and voiced the public’s concerns during Monday’s meeting.

Related: Enderby man unsuccessful in fleeing from RCMP

Related: Enderby RCMP seek identity of alleged shoplifter

“The emotion that was on Facebook was really quiet during the meeting, which was great because you can’t get anywhere with that much emotion,” she said. “People just wanted their voice heard, to have their questions asked and get some clarity and that was what happened.”

Mayor Greg McCune acknowledged people’s concerns but also invited RCMP to the table to explain their role.

“It was an excellent meeting and it’s unfortunate that they had to get a group together to come in but they brought forward some things that they felt were important and that’s the great thing,” said McCune. “The RCMP did a good job of relaying what they do and, in my opinion, they do it really well.”

There are an estimated 33 RCMP officers who work throughout the North Okanagan — outside of Vernon north to the Shuswap — but McCune said that it is a complex system and location of officers throughout the area depends on need. That, he said, is where reporting comes into play.

“The RCMP does need the community’s help,” he said. “I think it’s the feedback from the community that can help keep our community safer and help stop some of these crimes.”

Post-meeting, Heins agreed. From locking up their property to watching out for their neighbours by reporting suspicious activity and avoiding taking matters into their own hands, the discussion also allowed people to learn about what they can do to help keep the city safe.

“I think a lot of people went into the meeting with a sort of ‘us against them’ attitude with the city council and the RCMP but I think the discussion really gave people some clarity,” Heins said. “Lots of people wanted to know about the lack of police presence in Enderby so it was good for the RCMP to be there and tell us what their procedures are and what they need from us as a community.”

The RCMP officer who attended the meeting said statistics show there are only nine more theft from auto files this year compared to the same period last year and suggested that, though there is a small increase, there may also be an increased perception of crime due to online discussions via forums like Facebook.

After council met Monday, McCune and Heins both said they considered the conversation productive.

“This is just the beginning of it because the issue can’t really be solved just like that but now we all have clarity around it and what everyone’s role is: what’s the responsibility of the city, the RCMP and the citizens within the community,” said Heins. “It’s not something that’s going to happen overnight but if everyone is doing their due diligence then there’s going to be progress.”

Related: Enderby wants RCMP enforcement

Related: Neighbours angry at slow RCMP response to violent Vernon party

To report a typo, email:
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com
.



Follow me on Twitter @BrieChar
Email me brieanna.charlebois@vernonmorningstar.com
Like us on Facebook.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lumby Lions name Good Citizen of the Year

Award goes to Lumby Food Bank operator and North Okanagan Valley Gleaners volunteer Robert Wilkinson

North Okanagan sisters-in-law sleep out successful

Kiley Routley and Heidi Routley raise nearly $2,400 and awareness for youth homelessness

Vernon youth questioned by RCMP after incident on school roof

Police receive reports of debris being thrown from Seaton Secondary roof Saturday

Vernon restaurant winging it with colour

Wings hosts colouring contests where child patrons can win gift certificates

QUIZ: Are you ready for a summer road trip?

How much do you really know about roads, motor vehicles and car culture? Take this quiz to find out.

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

Dozens of fish die at popular lake near Chase

A few natural phenomena are possible causes for their deaths.

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Most Read