Break and enters to business has dropped 31% since 2009

Crime rates in Mission have declined in some categories but climbed in others over the past year.

The 2010 crime stats show a decrease in break and enters for residential (26 per cent) and business (31 per cent) properties and assault (21 per cent), but an increase in theft from vehicle (31 per cent), theft of vehicle (three per cent), property damage (nine per cent) and general thefts (18 per cent).

The drops are significant compared to 2009, say police, and although there are areas that have surged, the numbers are still lower than the 2004 highs.

Break and enters have decreased because of police efforts to target repeat offenders, said Insp. Pat Walsh.

“The crime analyst has been a big part of that effort by identifying targets, linking offences and focusing our general patrols to the times and places where crime is happening the most.”

Last year police also focused on assault cases as it was the lone major crime category to see an increase in 2009.

Most of these assaults were domestic in nature and to ensure each call received an effective response and investigation, all officers in the local detachment went through special training, according to Walsh.

In addition to offering the victim support services, “every incident is scrutinized at a senior supervisor level to ensure that everything possible has been done to bring criminal charges where warranted and to safeguard the victim so as to prevent any further offences,” he said.

This year Mounties are striving to reduce theft numbers.

“These offences continue to be committed by addicts who continually cruise through our residential neighbourhoods looking for anything of value,” said Walsh. “Unfortunately, they continue to have some successes in their nocturnal ventures.”

In addition to targeting the known addicts committing the crimes and the clearing houses — a place that trades stolen goods for drugs, and distributes them to other individuals or locations — police will also work on educating the public to not leave valuables in their cars.

A pair of clearing houses were raided by police two weeks ago.

Police will continue using bait vehicles and keeping an eye on known problem areas, Walsh stated.