Business B&E’s, shoplifting: July police issues
KELOWNA, B.C. – Kelowna RCMP saw a spike in reported business break and enters mid-July, but the crime is down overall in the Central Okanagan over last year.
During the third week of July, it was business break ins that were above average (15 reported), but the crime is down 6 per cent over last year at this time.
The biggest single increase in crimes around the Kelowna area in 2014 is reported robberies: 26 per cent more than 2013. (YTD 2013: 50, YTD 2014: 63)
Vehicle theft is up by 21 per cent over last year, with 25 stolen in the Kelowna area during the last two weeks of July (YTD 2013: 239, YTD 2013: 290)
Residential B&E’s are up 8 per cent, theft from vehicles have increased 3 per cent, while bike theft is down 23 per cent from last year.
The majority of crimes reported, according to a map released from the Kelowna RCMP, are centered around downtown Kelowna, along the Highway 97 corridor through town and then fanning out into Rutland.