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‘I don’t think anyone is safe’: Property crime in Regina on the rise
Published Wednesday, September 28, 2016 6:04PM CST
Locking the doors, looking out for your neighbours’ homes and having security systems installed is how some residents in Regina protect their home and family from unwanted intruders.
Windsor Park resident Kelly Kuntz says property crime has grown exponentially in the area. She says there have been about five incidents on her street alone over the past year.
"It doesn't matter your income is, it doesn't matter what your home looks like, you will be targeted,” said Kuntz. “I don't think anyone is safe."
Kuntz isn’t the only one noticing the increase in property crime.
On Wednesday morning, the Regina Police Service released the numbers, and for another month in a row, the statistics showed that property crime in the city is climbing.
Since the beginning of 2016, the increase has reached nearly 17 per cent for property crime. Auto theft is up by 25 per cent, theft over $5,000 rose to almost 58 per cent and theft under $5,000 has increased by roughly 18 per cent.
In this case, police say they have found the culprit: crystal meth.
"We have changes in our community (that have) occurred over the last couple of years,” said Deputy Police Chief Dean Rae.
“Crystal meth is relatively inexpensive and it's been brought into the city and that's the changes we're seeing.”
Regina’s drug treatment court says the use of meth among its participants has doubled since 2013-14.
According to Regina police, the use of crystal meth in the city could also be a factor in attempted murders. Last year at this time, police say there were four attempted murders. So far in 2016, there have been 20.
"Of those 20, 13 involved the use of a firearm, so where somebody was actually physically shot with a weapon,” said Rae. “That is the major concern we are seeing in our city right now is the increase in firearms, the increase prevalence of crystal meth and the increased violence that's occurring."
While the Regina police have made some arrests and have a surveillance team to stop thieves in the act, officers say the public can continue to lock their property to reduce the temptation for someone to take what isn't theirs.
With files from CTV Regina’s Cally Stephanow