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Social distancing complaints 'not bad' but business break ins 'a concern', Kamloops mayor says

Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian gives a press conference update on May 1, 2020 at City Hall.
May 01, 2020 - 12:29 PM

Kamloops residents complained to authorities about social distancing more than 200 times since the province declared a state of emergency and the mayor says he’s fine with that number.

Ken Christian told reporters today Kamloops RCMP fielded 66 complaints while bylaw officers got 79 complaints about public spaces and another 58 complaints about private spaces for a total of 203.
“That, relatively to a population of 100 thousand people, is not a bad number in my opinion,” Christian said at a press conference outside Kamloops City Hall today, May 1.

But those aren’t the only complaints over the past six weeks.

While assault and domestic violence numbers are largely unchanged compared to last year, break and enters to businesses is booming.

“We’ve had in the last six weeks 73 files related to that,” he said. "That compares to 33 files in 2019 in the same period. And that is a concern."

Despite many shops being closed, Christian added 117 reports of shoplifting within the last six weeks have added to the woes of local business owners.

He urged them to be diligent with their security measures.

"You have to be confident that you have left your business secure,” he said. "Make sure you’re using things like your security alarm system, your surveillance system. Don’t leave valuables in a vacant business.”

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