Crime stats can be a whitewash of facts

'Safe' community of Oak Bay can still fund its police department better

Re: Oak Bay still safe according to Stats Can (News, Aug. 14)

I wonder if those people who’ve been robbed or raped in Oak Bay are as comfortable with crime statistics as politicians seem to be, and as your “still safe” headline writer is.

Reduction is encouraging, but further reduction is morally necessary.

Will Oak Bay voters have the decency and guts to elect officials who will properly fund their police department?

Of course Victoria will claim that Oak Bay exports much of its bad behaviour to downtown Victoria, and ask for money for its own police department, even though the city gets plenty of revenue from licensing and property taxation of the booze-pushing business and their landlords.

Keith Sketchley

Saanich