Crime down in Parksville

Oceanside RCMP Staff Sgt. Brian Hunter provides report to city council Wednesday night

Oceanside RCMP Staff Sgt. Brian Hunter was scheduled to provide a report to Parksville city council last night that shows incidents of crime are generally either holding at 2013 numbers or declining.

Hunter’s report indicated there were 35 thefts from vehicles in 2014 up to the end of June. Over the same time period in 2013, there were 74 of these incidents. Hunter has consistently called this crime “preventable” and it’s been a point of emphasis for the detachment and its top cop.

One of the only other significant changes in the number of incidents year over year was an increase in breaks-ins to residences: there were 17 in the first six months of 2014 and only eight over the same period last year.

Motor vehicles accidents in the city were down to 59 in 2014 from 76 in the first six months of 2013.

For more crime stats and more from city council’s meeting last night, see Tuesday’s edition of The NEWS.