3rd and George Streets a Crime Hot Spot
Prince George, B.C. – In presenting the crime stats for 2016 to Prince George City Council, RCMP Superintendent Warren Brown ( in photo at right) has identified the 3rd and George Street area in the City as one of the hot spots that is driving up the calls for service.
Last year, Prince George RCMP had more than 41 thousand calls for service throughout the City, and as 250 News reported last week ( see previous story here) there have been increases in a number of types of crime compared to 2015.
But Supt. Brown says the area of 3rd and George Street is “over represented” when it comes to areas of the City where criminal activity is taking place.
While the local RCMP detachment has made gains in addressing criminal activity in the Queensway -17th Avenue area of the City, there is still a problem at 3rd and George Streets.
(graph courtesy Prince George RCMP)
Superintendent Brown says the main problem in the area is that there are marginalized, vulnerable people who need to be there to access services, but they are being preyed upon by drug dealers and thieves. While saying there needs to be continued work with a number of stake holders to protect those who are being victimized, he made his position very clear ” I cannot tolerate people dying from a drug overdose because that’s where drug traffickers can find their victims,. I can’t tolerate vulnerable people who owe drug dealers money and get beat up because they can’t pay their drug dealer at that location, I cannot tolerate people getting their businesses broken into and feeling unsafe in the area.”
He says he believes the City has demonstrated through its actions over the past couple of years that there are things that can be done to “repatriate” some areas that have fallen victim to high crime rates and calls for service. “I think the City can continue to support by ensuring bylaws are adhered to, ensuring that landlords are responsible to their tenants through applicable bylaws.”
Mayor Lyn Hall says there is already work underway with stakeholders in the City to address the concerns “We’ve got work to do. One of the reasons we embarked on the remedial action program was to address some of these hot spots.” Mayor Hall thanked Spt. Brown for the focus on the downtown area “We are seeing a resurgence in our downtown. People are interested in investing and developing and we’re going to see more of it in the next five months.” He added that the City needs to lead the charge “We need to be there, we need to work with other organizations who are working diligently to address these issues”.
“Unfortunately, we have a number of people in Prince George, who are just bad people” said Supt. Warren Brown. He did note there seems to be an influx of criminal element from the northeast of BC and Alberta. He pointed to higher volumes of stolen vehicles and break and enters as well as a recent counterfeit money case in which suspects are from that region.