Crime rates fluctuate this year in Fort St. John


Photo: Fort St. John RCMP Inspector Pat Egan presents the 2009 Mayor’s Report to City Council on Tuesday evening – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

It seems that some crimes are being committed less this year than in 2008 in Fort St. John.

But, in other cases, some crimes have more than doubled.

Fort St. John RCMP Inspector Pat Egan presented a report to City Council on Tuesday night. It detailed the current 2009 crime statistics in the area.

In the first half of the year, shoplifting has increased 50 per cent in the City. Egan says most of the offenders are youth in the community. Public intoxication is also on the rise, with the stats increasing by 30 per cent from last year.

But Egan says there is some good news. Vehicle thefts have dropped dramatically in the region, with only 90 to date in comparison to 330 from last year.

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However, the year isn’t over yet, and these numbers are only based on the first half on 2009.

The report included planned initiatives for 2010 like the expansion of the Street Crime Reduction Team, and the implementation of a Bike Patrol in the city.

More recently, Egan says the RCMP increased its downtown enforcement, after community members voiced their concerns over traffic violations. As a result, Egan says traffic violations have decreased in the downtown core.

Mayor Bruce Lantz commended Egan on the thorough report. Lantz says the fact that crime exists in the community is no surprise to anyone. He also says the fluctuation in crime rates doesn’t alarm him.

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Egan also announced that two full time officers will be added to the detachment in 2010.

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