Qualicum Beach crime report — enforcement increased

An increase in shoplifting incidents from two to 20 was mostly the result of a local store hiring private security

Crime is very low and still trending down in Qualicum Beach.

Oceanside RCMP Staff Sgt. Brian Hunter provided mid-year statistics to town council a bit late due to the town’s summer labour dispute. Of the 19 categories presented, reported incidents dropped in six, stayed the same in four and increased in eight, but many of those increases were the positive result of increased enforcement, Hunter said.

An increase in shoplifting incidents from two to 20, for example, was mostly the result of a local store hiring private security, pointing out grocery stores can lose $50,000 a year to shoplifting.

Similarly Hunter said increases in things like provincial traffic offences (increased from 375 to 490) was “due to the amount of resources available.”

While motor vehicle thefts increased from four to five, theft from vehicles fell by almost half from 13 to seven, and Hunter pointed out there were more than 100 in Parksville over the same six months.

“Just about all of them were left unlocked with valuables in there,” he said, praising Qualicum Beach residents for protecting their valuables.

“Distracted driving is an issue across Canada and our community’s not immune to it,” he said highlighting the danger of using cell phones while driving, adding that the province is currently reviewing fines, which he suspects will increase.

He referred to the latest crime severity index of 165 B.C. municipalities, in which Qualicum Beach ranks 163, or third best/least severe crime. Parksville ranked 104th and the rural area 147th.

“This is something for you to be proud of,” he said despite telling the story of a robbery over the weekend (see page A3 in today’s editon of The NEWS or this website).

When asked, Hunter said vandalism to election signs was not included in the numbers, which cover the first half of the year. He said they have had about ten reports of such vandalism, but that there has probably been more than that.

 

 

Reported incidents in Qualicum Beach in the first half of 2015 (with equivalent 2014 numbers in brackets):

 

• Assaults 4 (7)

• Spousal assaults 2 (2)

• Break and enter, business 5 (3)

• Break and enter, residence 2 (9)

• Theft of motor vehicle 5 (4)

• Theft from motor vehicle 7 (13)

• Theft (over & under $5,000) 24 (18)

• Mischief, business and other 17 (17)

• Mischief, residential 10 (5)

• Causing a disturbance 4 (6)

• Drugs 4 (8)

• Impaired driving 1 (1)

• IRP 90-day, fail 3 (2)

• IRP 90-dail, refuse 0 (1)

• Liquor Act offences 10 (7)

• Motor vehicle accidents 26 (26)

• Traffic offences, provincial 490 (375)

• Criminal Code traffic 1 (1)

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

WATCH: Berwick Qualicum Beach residents back with another music video

Residents and staff dance to ‘Drunken Sailor’ by The Irish Rovers

Virtual Qualicum school district meeting includes talk of return to class, masks and more

SD69 to hold town hall discussion featuring questions from parents

Qualicum Beach woman reunited with wedding ring she lost in Nanaimo

Woman ‘over the moon’ after getting ring back, say RCMP

Couple gets surprise barbershop quartet concert in Parksville on their 60th wedding anniversary

‘Charisma Bypass’ shows up at their hotel to sing favourite tunes

Family decorates Parksville trails with fairy doors

St. John wanted to bring some joy to the area during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

Garbage truck knocks down lamp post onto pickup in north Nanaimo

Emergency crews respond to Dickinson Crossing plaza mall Friday afternoon

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

VIDEO: World responds to B.C. girl after pandemic cancels birthday party

Dozens of cards and numerous packages were delivered to six-year-old Charlie Manning

Most Read