Kal Beach activities draw RCMP scrutiny

Officers will once again target alcohol and drug use on the pier in Coldstream

Partying in a popular Coldstream park will not be tolerated.

District council was told by the RCMP Monday that the plan this summer is to target individuals who sit on the Kal Beach pier and consume alcohol and drugs.

“We don’t want that user group taking over the pier,” said Supt. Jim McNamara in his quarterly report.

There were some complaints from people visiting the beach in 2015 that they felt uncomfortable going on to the pier because alcohol was present.

“Last year, we were effective with foot patrols around the beach area,” said McNamara.

“They will start this year on the May long weekend and continue until after the Labour Day long weekend.”

Also in his quarterly report, McNamara pointed out that there has been an increase in thefts from vehicles in Coldstream.

“It could be a result of one person breaking into multiple vehicles on one evening so I’m not overly concerned,” he said.

In October, there were 13 thefts from vehicles compared to seven during the same month in 2014, while they went from one to six in November and from one to five in December.

Total RCMP files for Coldstream were 92 in December, up from 82 during the same month in 2014.

The RCMP’s December 2015 files included four assaults, three domestic violence cases, one sexual offence, three residential break and enters, one vehicle theft, three cases of theft under $5,000 and five motor vehicle accidents.