Parksville has seen an increase in break-ins into residential properties over the past year.
At the Parksville City Council meeting on Monday, Sgt. Oceanside RCMP Stephen Rose presented to Council the update to the Oceanside RCMP Annual Performance Plan for the second quarter.‘
As of the update, Rose reviewed crime statistics for the area, including Parksville, Qualicum Beach, and the Nanaimo Regional District. For Parksville, his chart indicated that 10 of the 17 sectors showed improvement, while six sectors remained essentially the same.
“There has been only one increase, and that is a slight increase in residential break-ins,” Rose said.
According to his chart, residential break-ins in 2019 were the subject of 18 reports and 15 reports for 2020, a slight decrease. However, from 2020 to 2021, the ratios jumped from 15 to 22, a jump of over 40%.
“All of the other benchmarks that we are tracking are trending down, or there has been no change, which of course is nice to see,” he said.
After Rose’s introduction, the counselor. Mark Chandler expressed concern about the increase and asked if police suspected a single person to be responsible.
“I wish I could say it is. Unfortunately, with this recent increase in the quarter, no specific or unique offender has been identified… Different offenders, different severities and different types of break and enters… I also just want the public to know that they are not. not someone who breaks in when you sleep at night and empty your home of all your valuables. It can also include a threat of theft from your carport that has occurred while you are at work. It can also be a forced entry into a property outbuilding and something has been taken, ”said Rose, adding that residents should be aware of their property and report any suspicious activity in the neighborhood.
He also said that when police prevent crime through environmental design assessments, they advise homeowners and business owners to place surveillance cameras so that they provide a “front view.” »Level and not an aerial view.
“The masks certainly didn’t make it easy for us, like we needed something else to make it harder to solve the crime. But identity being an essential part of every report to the Crown that we submit has certainly become a little more difficult, ”said Rose.
In her report, Rose noted that business break-ins have declined significantly in two years, with 2019 seeing 28 reports compared to 23 in 2020, and just 13 this year.
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