Saturday, 6 March 2010

Yellowknife Crime down in 2009

Crime down in 2009
Calls to RCMP lower for 15 crimes, up for eight

Erika Sherk
Northern News Services
Published Friday, March 5, 2010

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - It appears that 2009 was a year of less crime in Yellowknife. Calls to the RCMP for 15 specific crimes, including robbery, assaults and theft , decreased in 2009 compared to 2008, according to recent RCMP stats.

Calls for robbery were down by almost half. Statistics naturally vary from year to year, said RCMP Const. Kathy Law, adding that the increased number of RCMP officers in Yellowknife may have led to the decrease.

The detachment was operating with a full staff for most of the year, she said.

"Maybe it's because we have more people out on the roads. Our watches are pretty much full, it means more officers out patrolling." The Crime Reduction Unit, added the summer of 2007, has had an impact, she said.

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