Property crime remains top priority for Metchosin

West Shore RCMP responded to five reports of break and enters from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2017

Following a series of break and enters at properties in Metchosin, Mayor John Ranns said property crime remains a high priority for the District.

“Property crime, given our remote nature, is a high priority for us. We don’t have gang activity out here much and drugs, those things haven’t caused the residential concerns as much as property crime has,” said Ranns, who’s heard anecdotal information from residents and a business that were broken into recently – the incidents of which were reported to the West Shore RCMP.

“That seems to be one that our residents are most concerned about.”

Ranns noted break and enters throughout the municipality tend to happen in cycles, and are usually caused by one individual who is well-known to police.

“We have break in cycles, often times it’s because people get out of jail and they go right back to doing what they did. They’re well-known to police and the police ultimately track them down,” he said. “When they get caught and convicted then it goes down and when they get out of jail, it goes back up.”

According to the West Shore RCMP, officers responded to five reports of break and enters to residences, businesses and out buildings from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2017.

Of those, investigators determined three were unfounded, meaning police could find no evidence of someone breaking into the building and the property owner or manager found nothing missing or anything suspicious.

One break and enter that is still under investigation involved a vehicle that was stolen, and has since been recovered. The other is believed to be linked to a suspect who is currently in custody on multiple charges and is awaiting trial.

Still, police are warning residents to keep an eye on their surroundings.

“We ask the public to be vigilant and pay attention to their surroundings for anything that appears suspicious or out of place, if they see something that doesn’t seem right to call West Shore RCMP,” said Const. Matthew Baker of the West Shore RCMP.

Baker said residents should make sure to lock their car doors and don’t leave anything valuable in the car overnight.

Residents who are going on vacation should not announce the dates they’re leaving on social media, as anyone could be looking at their profile.

He also suggested installing motion lights around a home and changing locks regularly.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

kendra.wong@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Belmont Student Voices: Influential teachers, good or bad, play a crucial role

Chances are you’ve had an influential teacher at some point in your… Continue reading

Canada men’s rugby team beats Brazil for it’s first win in the ARC

DTH van der Merwe continues to prove his importance for Canada’s momentum.

Speed skating a family affair for View Royal twins

Kieran and Kyle Brown set to compete in B.C. Winter Games

Hatley Castle 8K takes place this Sunday

Royal Roads race is the fourth in the Vancouver Island Race Series

Grade 11 student gains leadership experience in 4-H club raising goats

Mira Finkelstein enjoys spending time mentoring younger members of the club.

WATCH: Vancouver Island man catches dashcam video of near head-on crash

Video shows oncoming van cross over centre line

Canucks came out hot, beat Bruins 6-1

Loui Eriksson scores twice, catapulting Vancouver to a lopsided victory over Boston

B.C. man brings dog to court as ‘best witness’

Man is defending himself on charges of uttering threats, possessing weapon for dangerous purposes

Vancouver artist’s cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

Cartoon shows football coach, one of the victims, meeting others killed in school shootings

Trudeau family arrives in India for state visit

Seven-day visit includes meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Military seeks DNA experts to help ID missing war dead

Federal program recovers, identifies and arranges burials for Canada’s nearly 28,000 missing war dead

B.C. files new legal action against TransMountain pipeline

Province tries to uphold City of Burnaby bylaws, provoking Alberta

BCHL Today: Powell River stuns Vernon and BCHL grads lead Team Canada

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Reports of money laundering in B.C. real estate ‘troubling’: attorney general

News report alleges people connected to fentanyl trade are using B.C. real estate to launder money

Most Read