Residents tackle major crimes in Fort St. John

Photo: Stacy Lee holds up the results of her survey at the Anti-Social Behavior Meeting. She says she wants the meeting to be renamed to the Crime Reduction Committee – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

A youth survey is echoing the thoughts and concerns of adults in Fort St. John.

The study is an independent endeavor of Stacy Lee’s. She spearheaded the questionnaire, and released the results at Wednesday night’s Anti-Social Behavior meeting. More than 20 participants attended the forum.

Around 81 youth were surveyed on what their thoughts were on major crime issues in the City.

Most agreed that drugs and alcohol, followed by theft and then violence were the worst crimes. Now, at the previous Anti-Social Behavior meeting, participants also listed those as the top three.

Now, when it came to solving these problems, Lee says that these youth want more police patrolling the streets.

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Meanwhile, those at the meeting agreed that there needs to be more public awareness within the community. Some members say they didn’t know that gangs, like the Hells Angels and the Independent Soldiers, were operating within the City.

Eventually, the group decided on some short-term goals to tackle these crimes. One goal is to form a Youth Committee Council, comprised of youth to report back to City Council.

Members of the community are urged to attend the fourth meeting, which is scheduled for June 24th at 6:30.

View the attachment below for the survey’s complete results.

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