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Bowen remains “very safe” despite increase in crime rates
RCMP Corporal Nancy Joyce appeared before council this week to report on the crime statistics on Bowen Island for 2013. Both assault and property crimes increased this year due to a few reported incidents. Corporal Joyce told council that not all crimes are reported, so the statistics cannot be taken to be 100 percent accurate, but it does appear that Bowen remains an extremely safe community.
Violent crime rose 18 percent on Bowen in 2013. Two additional cases of reported domestic violence are responsible for this increase (in 2012 there was just one reported case of domestic violence on Bowen). Last year, there were 13 reports of assault in total. Assault includes any kind of physical violence, including threats of physical violence.
Property crime rose 29% in 2013 due to two additional cases of residential breaking and entering, as well as “mischief to property under $5000.” The latter cases, says Joyce, are typically described as "tagging." All of these crimes were committed by young offenders, one of whom was issued a ticket by Metro Vancouver Parks & Recreation for the tagging. Another offender was directed by police to clean up the tags that were left all over the island. Three young offenders were referred to the North Shore Restorative Justice program for mediation between them and the victim.
Joyce urged council to make a contribution to NSRJ so that in future, Bowen Islanders going through their programs might have the option of staying on-Island for them and therefore speeding up the process.
There were 10 people reported missing on Bowen this past year. Corporal Joyce told council these were mostly people who lost their way on Mount Gardiner and did not return when expected. Many of these people were residents who were reported missing as a result of being overdue coming home, and eventually arrived safely.
Joyce told council that the RCMP is continuing its efforts to reduce substance abuse on Bowen, increase road safety, and preventing youth involvement in crimes.
From the RCMP 2013 Bowen Island Crime Statistics:
All assault 10 13
Auto theft 2 3
Bicycle theft 3 0
Intoxicated in public 14 5
Posession of Cocaine 0 0
Motor vehicle accidents 0 3
Impaired driving 9 8