Mission has experienced a 20 per cent decrease in property crime.

Mission has experienced a 20 per cent decrease in property crime.

Mission’s property crime rate drops 20% in 2016, according to RCMP report

Prolific Offender Suppression Team, is having the desired effect on crime in the District of Mission.

Mission has experienced a 20 per cent decrease in property crime and a nine per cent drop in violent crime according to Mission RCMP Insp. Ted de Jager.

In his 2016 Year End Report for the Mission Detachment, de Jager wrote “It is clear that the crime reduction measures approved by council, including the establishment of a Prolific Offender Suppression Team, are having the desired effect on crime in the District of Mission.”

He also noted that it is important to “continue with our staffing efforts to increase supervision in order to maintain this level of crime reduction with a view towards increasing overall visibility and engagement in the community.”

The report was originlly scheduled to be presented to Mission council on Monday, but was pulled from the agenda when de Jager was unable to attend.

It will be presented and discussed at a future meeting.

However the report is on the city website as part of the agenda package for the Feb. 6 meeting.

In it de Jager notes that “ Once again, our primary property crime type is Theft from Automobile which is entirely preventable with our community’s support and commitment.”

He writes it will form part of Mission RCMP’s priorities.

Other statistics listed in the report included:

  • In 2016, Mission Detachment attended nine fatal motor vehicle collisions;
  • The Prolific Offender Suppression Team arrested 132 people in 2016 with 116 of them being charged with an offence.