Terrace RCMP Struggle with Increase in Property Offenses
Property offences are on the rise in Terrace.. when comparing this year's June figures.. to the same time last year.
The Terrace R-C-M-P presented a report to city council Monday night, detailing the number of incidents that took place in June 20-12, and comparing it to numbers in June of 20-11.
Offences on Terrace properties, including break and enters, vandalism, and thefts.. saw the biggest increase.
Inspector Dana Hart told council that night.. it's a specific demographic that's consistently found to be behind the property vandalism.
"The vast majority of them, we've been able to determine are youth. And it's something we're working on but are quite frustrated ourselves. So we would ask for the public's help in reporting such activities."
Another issue that Hart and council discussed was Terrace's 10th place ranking in a 2011 Statistics Canada report.. that measures the crime severity of Canadian cities.
Hart explained that the crime severity index looks at a city's crime rate, as well as, at the court cases handed down during the year.
He says since the Terrace Law Courts also serves other regional communities, Terrace's crime severity index also includes crimes taking place outside the city.
The Terrace Mountie also explained that crimes committed in 2011, that haven't gone before the courts yet, are also added into the equation.
Inspector Hart says he's written to Statistics Canada to appeal the ranking.. and is now waiting to hear back from them.