Criminal gets boot from Kitimat, and other crime stats for July

Statistics showing crime trends through the month of July.

One of Kitimat’s more recent and active criminal offenders has been given the boot from the community.

While Cpl. Stu Egers of the Kitimat RCMP detachment briefed council on the latest monthly crime statistics, he said the man, who he didn’t name, was behind a number of vehicle thefts.

“It seemed like the only business he had here was crime,” he said “He was not willing to contribute to society in Kitimat.”

But it wasn’t just vehicle thefts. The person, said Egers, was active in the drug trade.

“He was responsible for a lot more than just the thefts of vehicles, he was in the drug trade so he was a really good person for us to be getting out of our town. Hopefully we won’t be seeing any more of him anytime soon.”

Exclusion from Kitimat was one condition of the person’s bail set during a court appearance.

As for crime files in general for July there were no big surprises.

There were four reported assaults causing bodily harm for the month, which keeps us below 2012’s total so far, which was 24.

Common assaults saw 31 cases, bringing the year total to 106. In 2012 there were 96.

There was one sexual assault, bringing 2013’s total to seven files, versus 2012’s 12.

There were two business break and enters, totalling 11 for the year.

Residentially there were seven B&Es, bringing the year up to 34. That’s four more than we had in 2012.

There were four thefts of vehicles,  bringing that total to 28, against 2012’s 14 files.

Shoplifting remains quite low however, with no reported cases for July, and only two for the year. There were 13 files in 2012 on that.

Twenty-three files were opened for people causing a disturbance, bringing the year total to 138, below 2012’s statistic of 165.

Possessions of cocaine meant two files opened in July, but Kitimat has only half the files this year, four, as there were in 2012.

Cocaine trafficking has beat 2012’s numbers, with three files opened in July, bringing this year to five. There were four in 2012.

Trafficking of other drugs, which are not described in the report, had two files opened in the month, the only two for the year so far. There was one file in 2012 in that category.

As far as traffic goes, there were six tickets issues under the motor vehicle act, and 17 warnings given. There were also two immediate roadside prohibitions.

There were 18 911 calls.