Vic-Esquimalt break-in, theft numbers rise

Copper materials, high-end bicycles among the popular items to steal

Break-ins and property theft of materials such as copper appear to be on the rise in Victoria.

“Break-and-enters continue to plague us, although historically we’ve found break-and-enters have been trending up since probably October, maybe September,” Victoria police Insp. Clark Russell told Victoria police board members on Tuesday.

Releasing details of the department’s annual report, Russell said Victoria and Esquimalt had 37 residential break-ins in January, up from 27 in the same month last year. As well, there were 23 break-ins to such buildings as garages, compared to 11 last year.

Thefts of materials such as copper and high-end bicycles were notable, Russell said.

“When they take things like underground mortars (containing copper wire), they’re taking thousands of dollars worth of property and costing (B.C.) Hydro hundreds of thousands in infrastructure costs.”

Police have taken a “task-force approach” to stopping such thefts, Russell said, and have seen some success. Numerous arrests have been made and patrol officers continue to watch the areas of James Bay, Fairfield, Vic West and the downtown core.

While crimes against persons, which include assault and robbery, rose six per cent over in January over the previous year, the actual numbers are small, Russell said.

There were three more cases of robbery and extortion reported this year over last, and 17 more incidents of assault.

Overall, January saw a 10-per-cent decrease in total service from 2011, Russell said, from just over 3,000 calls to around 2,700 this year.

reporter@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Victoria police investigate dumpster fire in gated alleyway

VicPD and Victoria Fire Department respond to fire on Johnson Street

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.

Pacific FC game ends with tie against York9 on Saturday

PFC’s defender scored an own goal off a deflection, putting the game at 2-2

Famed Syrian artist displays paintings created while living in refugee camps

Farid Abdulbaki’s ‘Between Two Worlds’ exhibit will be displayed May 24-26 in Victoria

Mighty Garage Sale offers boost to Metchosin groups

Metchosin Community Association holds annual sale on May 25 and 26

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