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Residential break-ins decline significantly

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:24 PST, Fri November 15, 2019

Richmond RCMP has worked collectively and effectively in the reduction of residential break-ins over the past year. 

The combined efforts of its Property Crime Unit (PCU), Prolific Offender Suppression Team (POST), front line officers, Crime Prevention Unit, Block Watch Unit and crime analysts have all contributed in a dramatic decrease of 32 per cent over the same period of time (April to September 2018) as last year.

“We have attacked residential break and enters with an all-hands on deck approach and used a highly data driven methodology aided by our crime analysts. We are then able to map areas, times, and identify patterns or trends in behaviour. This information then can be quickly disseminated to all of our frontline and specialty units” says Sergeant Simon Lee, NCO i/c of the Richmond RCMP Crime Reduction Unit.

“Our several pronged approach in investigating and disrupting suspects responsible for residential break-ins has resulted in the arrest of several high profile offenders, each responsible for multiple crimes. We have shown that a common goal can be reached with a unified and concerted effort among all units. We want to ensure to the community that we have not stopped in our pursuit to bring those responsible for property crime to go unchecked,” adds Sgt. Lee.

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