RCMP say ‘travelling criminals’ to blame for spike in Qualicum Beach-area break-ins

Break-and-enters to businesses in the Qualicum Beach region have seen a jump since 2016.

According to Oceanside RCMP Staff Sgt. Marc Pelletier, the crimes gone from one in 2016, to eight in 2017 and to 22 in 2018.

“That’s alarming for us,” Pelletier told Qualicum Beach town council on Feb. 25.

Pelletier said officers are urging business owners to install proper alarm systems and security cameras.

Break-ins to residences have also seen a spike since 2016, jumping from five, to 10 in 2017 and 14 in 2018.

Mischief to business went from 27 incidents in 2016 to 45 in 2018.

“If you look at theft from motor vehicles, we just had 18 in 2016, that went up to 25 in 2017 and tripled to 60 in 2018,” Pelletier said. “The days of leaving your cars unlocked, your homes unlocked are done.”

Pelletier said a lot of the area’s crime is connected to “travelling criminals” who he said come through town from other areas on the Island or lower mainland.

“They do their crime and they’re out of here,” Pelletier said. “A prime example is we had a stolen car from Qualicum, it was involved in a shooting in Kelowna. These guys were in this town doing crime, stealing our vehicles and now they’re in the lower mainland or the Kootenays, so that’s alarming for us. We don’t know these people, they come in, they hit and they leave.”

Oceanside RCMP received 3,000 more calls for service in 2018 than in 2017.

“We want people to call. There’s nothing worse than getting a call a day later,” Pelletier said. “If you see something going on, call right away.”

Pelletier said drug offences are down because of marijuana legalization.


Just Posted

Second delivery of building units for 222 Corfield in Parksville arrives March 21

Vehicles should expect intermittent single-lane alternating traffic

Public input sought on proposed cannabis retail store in Coombs

Application to be reviewed by Regional District of Nanaimo

Two nature-inspired artists display oil paintings at Qualicum gallery

Judy Maxwell and Lloyd Major depict scenes of wildlife, landscapes and the west coast

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Cougar on Island might have been shot with bow-and-arrow

Conservation officer service looking for animal near Port Alice

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Newfoundland man caught after posting photo of himself drinking and driving

The 19-year-old took a photo of himself holding a beer bottle and cigarette while at the wheel

Carfentanil found in 15% of overdose deaths in January: B.C. coroner

Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than illicit fentanyl and used to tranquilize elephants

Most Read