Crime update stats good and bad

Kelowna’s top cop says while crime rates were down in the city over the summer in several categories.

Kelowna’s top cop says while crime rates were down in the city over the summer in several categories, much of the crimes that was committed appeared to be the work of repeat offenders.

“Prolific offenders are always a problem,” RCMP Supt. Bill McKinnon said during his regular update to council last week.

And he said that while many thieves steal to feed drug habits, a sufficient amount of proper treatment for drug addiction remains a problem here.

“Treatment is the answer, as are facilities,” added McKinnon.

In his report to council, the RCMP superintendent said robberies and break and enters were both down 37 per cent in August and September, theft of goods worth less than $5,000 were down 26 per cent and theft of goods worth more than $5,000 were down 12 per cent.

On the traffic side, motor vehicle accidents were down 18 per cent, impaired driving offences were down 33 per cent and the number of 24-hour driving suspensions were down 70 per cent.

But it was not all good news. Thefts from vehicles were up 10 per cent and drug and liquor offences increased 19 per cent and 27 per cent respectively.

McKinnon said a great deal of police resources are still being used on the investigation into the daylight shooting of reputed Lower Mainland gangster Jonathan Bacon outside the Delta Grand Hotel last summer, as well as reported gropings of women on the Mission Greenway, a number of other sexual assaults, a rash of arsons and an aggravated assault and stabbing at UBC in September.