Crime drops dramatically in Princeton – Princeton Similkameen Spotlight

Crime is down 10% in Princeton in 2021 from the previous year, according to a statistical report released by the Penticton South Okanagan Regional RCMP office.

“I think we’re doing really well,” said Sgt. Princeton Detachment Commander Rob Hughes.

Local cops handled 453 criminal cases last year, up from 502 in 2020.

Violent crime cases were down 12% and fell in every category, including assault, sexual offences, uttering threats and domestic violence.

There were 132 recorded cases of violent crime in Princeton in 2021.

While auto theft and shoplifting increased by 21% and 20% respectively, all other categories of property crimes decreased.

Notably, Hughes said, business break-ins were down 29% and residence break-ins were down 22%.

Overall, the detachment received 2,259 calls for service, compared to 2,214, an increase of 2%.

The police have been much busier in the last quarter of the year, with a 43% increase in calls for service between October and December.

Hughes said November flooding was a factor.

“The actual flooding didn’t generate many police calls, but the aftermath did…Family members phoned asking us to watch people.”

There was also an increase in calls complaining about drivers, back when Coquihalla was closed and all traffic between the Lower Mainland and the interior was forced through town.

During the year, the top 10 reasons for calling the police were traffic incidents at 100 and motor vehicle incidents at 97.

The police also intervened in 38 dangerous situations.

“In a perfect world, all of those numbers would be zero,” Hughes said. “But crime is down. I’m happy and the community should be happy I think.

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