Below is information provided by the Prince George RCMP. It has not been edited and is presented as is…
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prince George RCMP has received several inquiries about the effect of the pandemic on criminal offences in the City of Prince George. Several comparison statistics are being released. These statistics are for the month of March 2020 compared to March 2019, and for April 1st to 22nd, 2020 compared to the same days in 2019.
Violent Offences against Persons
Violent crime against persons was up slightly in March, but down by nearly 25% in April. Although Domestic Assaults are included in the overall Violent Offences category, these assaults have had a significant impact in the whole category. In march, domestic assaults were up nearly 10%, but in April are down more than 9% from the same periods last year.
Property Related Crime
Break & enters have been of particular concern to the public, as a few incidents have been highlighted by the media as of late. Overall, property crime in 2020 is within range of previously reported data. Our statistics indicated an increase of only one incident (7.7%) in March, followed up by a decrease of two incidents (12.5%) so far in April. No spikes have been seen. Shoplifting reports are down more than 35% in March and nearly 75% in April compared to last year. This is to be expected considering the store closures or strictly controlled access of many businesses in the community. Shoplifting is also the major contributor to the overall reduction in all thefts by 19% in March and 33% so far in April. Even removing shoplifting from the overall theft numbers, would show a decline in the theft category.
The Detachment have received an increase in suspicious circumstances and unwanted person files in both March and April compared to last year. It is suspected that this increase is a result of more people being at home during the COVID-19 pandemic and reporting what they see. The chart below represents recent stats provided by the Prince George RCMP.
COVID-19 Related Files
Since March 13th , 2020, the Prince George RCMP have been tracking files that are associated to, or a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. From March 25 to April 22nd , the Detachment have received between one and five COVID-19 related reports each day. Most of these reports are from concerned members of the public reporting other community members who are not following social distancing or self-quarantine rules, as set out by the Provincial or Federal governments.
If anyone has information about persons failing to abide by public health orders, please call 311 within the City of Prince George or call 1-888-COVID-19 (1-888-268-4319) outside Prince George city limits.