Violent crime down last year

Property crime in Penticton grew six per cent last year while violent crime plummeted, according to year-end data from the Penticton RCMP.

Supt. Ted De Jager is presenting year-end figures to city council next week, outlining a year that saw the local detachment struggle with some types of burglary.

Break-and-enters into sheds and outbuildings skyrocketed 77 per cent last year, while theft from vehicles grew by 13 per cent. Auto theft also grew by two per cent.

“Auto theft is a continuing concern throughout the region,” De Jager writes in his report. “Stolen and uninsured vehicles are the primary mode of transport for most prolific offenders.”

“By simply locking vehicle doors and using anti‐theft devices such as ignition immobilizers, the public can be part of the solution in reducing crime throughout the region.”

On the other side of the coin, violent crime in was down 18 per cent compared to 2016. Reported domestic violence fell even further, down 29 per cent. The detachment did, however, have four unsolved homicides last year. 

The Penticton detachment handled just under 20,000 calls for service in 2017.

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