Parksville crime rate keeps dropping

Statistics show Parksville among many communities where crime rate is tumbling

  • Feb. 10, 2012 4:00 p.m.

Oceanside RCMP Staff Sergeant Brian Hunter presented the 2011 crime statistics to council on Monday and while there wasn’t improvement in all the numbers, Parksville is still well below the provincial average and generally improving.

He reported the overall crime rate for the city — the number of reported crimes per 1,000 population — was 179 in 2005 and has been dropping since.

The 2010 rate of 101 was the lowest in 10 years and in 2011 it was down to 75, among the lowest in the province.

Comparing reported incidents in 2011 to the previous year, Hunter said they wanted some of the numbers to go up, like the increase in drug offences, climbing from 51 to 78.

“This is an indicator of pro-active enforcement,” he said, adding it reflects his officers actively out finding drug activity.

Some categories that went up were not positive, like the increase of break-ins to businesses climbing from 17 to 21 and to residences up from 18 to 28. In both cases the 2011 numbers where dramatically lower than the rates in 2009 and earlier.

There were 89 break-ins to businesses in 2009 for example.

There were drops in mischief to businesses, theft from motor vehicles, liquor act offences, motor vehicle accidents, provincial traffic offences and criminal code traffic offences.

The implementation of immediate roadside prohibitions (IRPs) had a big effect last year with the total number of impaired driving incidents leaping from 19 to 56.

Hunter called the move “fantastic legislation … savings dozens of lives,” and he’s looking forward to the province resolving recent court issues around the new legislation.

He said they will continue their focus on high visibility patrols like bike patrols during the summer and big events which they get a lot of good feedback on.

Council thanked Hunter for the work of the Oceanside detachment.


Just Posted

A slide on best practices when reporting a suspected impaired driver that was presented to Parksville city council on June 7 by Margarita Bernard, a volunteer with MADD. The organization’s Report Impaired Drivers campaign involves the installation of informative signs within the City of Parksville. (Mandy Moraes photo)
MADD brings campaign to report impaired drivers to Parksville

Aim is to raise awareness that 911 should be called

Pam Bottomley (executive director), right and Sandy Hurley (president) of the Parksville Downtown Business Association visit the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
PQBeat: Downtown Parksville gears up for post-pandemic bounce back

Podcast: Hurley, Bottomley chat about what’s ahead for the PDBA

(Black Press file photo)
RCMP: Air ambulance called to Whiskey Creek after crash involving 2 motorbikes

Both riders taken to hospital with serious injuries

(File photo)
Crime report: Crooks busy pilfering bikes throughout Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Thefts among 295 complaints Oceanside RCMP deal with in one-week period

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

A still image from security camera video recorded June 8 shows an individual lighting trash on fire in the doorway of 19+ Cannabis Store on Victoria Crescent. RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue are investigating numerous fires set in downtown Nanaimo in the past three months. (Photo submitted)
‘It’s out of control’: More than 20 fires set in downtown Nanaimo in past 3 months

Authorities asking business owners to keep dumpsters locked

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

Cowichan Tribes man Adrian Sylvester is worried that he was targetted by a trailer hitch thrown from a vehicle. (Facebook photo)
Cowichan Tribes man worried he was target of trailer hitch

Adrian Sylvester says no one has reported a missing hitch after one nearly hit him

Most Read