Violent crimes and property crimes are down in Oliver in the first three months of the year.
The RCMP policing statistics for the first quarter of 2023 showed a decrease in violent crime and property crime numbers when compared to the same period in 2022.
Sgt. Don Wrigglesworth of the Oliver RCMP detachment said there were 699 calls for police service in the first quarter of 2023, a 10 per cent decrease from the 781 calls for service in the same time period in 2022.
Violent crimes were down by 37 per cent, with 51 incidents, down from 81 incidents in the first quarter of 2022.
Property crime figures showed an eight per cent decrease, with 136 incidents in the first quarter of 2023, down from 148 in the first quarter of 2022.
Wrigglesworth said criminal activity in Oliver has decreased following the arrest of a repeat offender on Feb. 5.
This year, police in Oliver have seen an increase in business break-ins, with 15 reported in the first quarter of the year, compared with four in the first quarter of 2022.
Wrigglesworth said many of these were in the industrial area, at properties that were not secured.
“Double-check the alarms. Double-check the doors and make sure the CCTV is working,” he said.
Auto thefts also increased significantly, with 15 incidents in the first quarter of 2023, up from eight in the first quarter of 2022.
In Osoyoos violent crimes are down as well, however property crimes have shown an increase, said Sgt. Jason Bayda of the Osoyoos RCMP detachment.
The number of calls for service decreased by nine per cent, with 512 calls in the first quarter of 2023, down from 5633 in the first quarter of 2022.
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