EDITORIAL: Violent crime a real concern

Violent crimes leave a messy stain on the City of Langford

We don’t have to tell anyone on the West Shore that Tuesday night’s shooting incident in Langford is the second violent crime against a person in less than two weeks in the area.

Residents, business owners and workers have been buzzing about both crimes, both in person and on social media.

It leads us to once again ask, how safe is Langford these days?

The shooting took place in a home near the Langford-Colwood border of Jacklin Road, a short drive from where a man was stabbed Jan. 14 on Station Road – he ultimately died in hospital from his wounds. It’s also a short walk from where a woman was dragged down the Galloping Goose Regional Trail and sexually assaulted in the wee hours of a summer morning last year.

Now, police investigations have told us that both the stabbing and the shooting incidents appear to be non-random acts of violence between people engaged in unsavoury activities; a.k.a. “they were all known to police.”

But does that make people feel any more safe about their surroundings?

Asked what they might tell residents worried about the recent violence, West Shore RCMP assured the public that Langford remains a safe community and that the unrelated nature of the crimes does not lead police to think otherwise.

Logically, that makes sense. Stay away from potentially dangerous situations or people and you’ll have no problem keeping safe. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks logically in the wake of violent crime.

If the victim in Tuesday’s shooting does not survive, it’ll give Langford the lead in crime-related deaths for 2015 with two. That’s two more than any other jurisdiction in Greater Victoria.

No matter what the police say, violence has once again found its way to Langford and people will think a little differently about the area.

That’s not just a feeling, that’s a fact.

Just Posted

Police-run Youth for Change and Inclusion camp bids fond farewell to tireless directors

Founder Sgt. Paul Brookes has run camp empowering youth and creating leaders for 16 years

Canadians not afraid to take the plunge for the second time

Most will wait almost five years before remarrying

John Cleese sets fall date for Victoria return

June show sold out, comedic actor returns Nov. 4

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Victoria Day

How much do you know about the monarch whose day we celebrate each May?

Pacific FC signs 24-year-old defensive midfielder from Panama

González joins the roster following the team’s 2-2 tie game against York9 FC.

VIDEO: Horseshoe pitching association appeals to Greater Victora youngsters

Youth horseshoe pitching club offers fun for all ages, says GVHPA

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Most Read