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Kelowna’s crime rate back on the way up

RCMP Supt. Brent Mundle will report to Kelowna City Council Monday.
April 25, 2019 - 3:46 PM

KELOWNA - Crime in Kelowna jumped by 9.3 per cent in 2018 over the previous year.

By comparison, 2017’s crime rate actually showed a small drop of two per cent from the previous year.

Those numbers are in RCMP Supt. Brent Mundle’s quarterly crime report that was released today and will be presented to Kelowna City Council on Monday.

Mundle reported that property crimes were up 10.1 per cent last year, crimes against people rose 5 per cent while other criminal code charges were up 8.7 per cent.

That totals a 9.3 per cent increase for the year with 13,683 cases.

The report also breaks out some of the downtown crime statistics. Those show property crimes increased faster than in other areas of the city but, crimes against people actually dropped compared to 2017 by 22 cases. Still, there were 309 such crimes downtown in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Kelowna already has one of the highest crime rates for major metropolitan areas in the country. 

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