Crime mostly up in Comox Valley

Vehicle theft, break and enters, shoplifting, bike theft, fraud and most forms of criminal activity are on the rise in the Comox Valley.

From Cumberland, Comox Valley RCMP Insp. Tim Walton says police received a 19 per cent increase in calls over the last year.

“Which is consistent with parts of the Valley,” he told Cumberland council June 12. “Overall, the Valley increased about 2.7 per cent calls for service.”

He said “some happy exceptions” are assaults, harassments and threats.

“Which is nice to see in the violent category.”

Across the entire valley, theft from vehicles is “way up.”

“Talking to our crime reduction group, they mentioned five different people that we have our eye on now, stealing from cars,” Walton said.

Common items stolen from unlocked vehicles include wallets, change, keys, cellphones and credit cards. Walton notes the tap feature on credit cards is frequently used by thieves.

“We have some evidence of groups of people around town doing this.”

For those who don’t use the feature, he suggests having your bank disable it.

“Please lock your cars,” he said.

Business break and enters were slightly up in the village, but residential b and e’s have almost doubled in the past year. Tools are commonly stolen.

Bike theft has increased in the past year across Vancouver Island. Most stolen bikes are unlocked and the serial number unknown.

Walton notes another issue is chronic, high-risk runaways. Police are collaborating with other agencies to reduce the problem.

He implores the public not to be shy when it comes to reporting suspicious activity.

Call the detachment at (250) 338-1321.

Just Posted

Proposed public art installation sparks debate in Victoria

$250,000 sculpture compliments an interactive sound element of First Nations drumming and singing

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

#MeToo at work: How reporting sexual harassment works – and how it doesn’t

British Columbians have four options to report harassment or assault, but none of them are easy

Revised master development agreement gives green light to Union Bay development projects

The Union Bay Improvement District trustees will discuss the approved amendments on Dec. 14.

Police ‘won’t waver’ to allow lighted trucks to drive in the Valley

Following a warning to two drivers who decorate their trucks with Christmas… Continue reading

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Family suspends search for missing Alberta couple, plane near Revelstoke

Due to bad weather, families of missing Albertan couple say they will resume in the spring

Canadian grocers make $3M per year from penny-rounding: UBC study

Ottawa announced plans in 2012 to phase out the copper coin

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

B.C. anti-hate campaigner finds Google search on his efforts redirects to porn

Text from online news article about Cran Campbell being used to link to suspect websites

‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

As anticipated, the movie fell shy of the opening weekend for J.J. Abrams’ 2015 franchise reboot

2 couples tie the knot in Australia’s 1st same-sex weddings

West Australian couple Anne Sedgwick, Lyn Hawkins have been together for 40 years

B.C. concert promoter bans Nazi symbols at shows

A man was witnessed making a Nazi salute during a heavy metal show at Pub 340

Most Read