Taking a bite out of crime

It might be people’s belief that crime is always on the increase as we seem to distrust every living thing and assume our modern society isn’t as safe as the good old days.

It might be people’s belief that crime is always on the increase as we seem to distrust every living thing and assume our modern society isn’t as safe as the good old days.

And all it takes is a few high-profile crimes, virtually anywhere in the world now that the Internet and 24-hour news services continually feed our worst fears, to solidify the belief that things ain’t like they used to be. Although there’s been enough recent crime in the Okanagan to make us shake our heads in disbelief as it is.

However, such news has to be put in context to get the real picture of our surroundings and crime statistics of note locally point to some good news on the horizon.

There was a 7.68 per cent decrease in Criminal Code offences, such as drugs and robberies, this past quarter compared to the same time frame in 2010.

The successful reduction in crimes is being linked to “focusing on prolific offenders with curfew checks,” noted Supt. Reg Burgess of the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP.

This plan of attack either successfully locks up repeat criminals or curbs their penchant for such activities.

This approach, along with some very successful undercover operations and high-visibility foot patrols, has allowed the police to take a significant bite out of local crime.

Their strategy and due diligence to carry it out on our behalf should be noted and congratulations are in order. May this hard work and trend continue and further lower the crime stat numbers so that we can start to believe that our streets are safer than we think they are.