Crime Rates Drop Since Connaught Closure

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Crime Rates Drop Since Connaught Closure

The City and the RCMP have some good news around a special crime reduction effort.
In the first nine months of the year, the number of police calls to the Connaught Motor Inn and the surrounding area has dropped by 50 percent from the same period in 2015.
It’s a figure that makes Mayor Lyn Hall happy, freeing up policing resources for other matters.
As for the fate of the motel, he says the hope is it will be cleaned up eventually.
“This location is a highly visible and highly travelled part of our City and one of the major gateways to our downtown. The fact that we have already seen such a marked drop in a variety of crimes indicates to Council that we are on the right track with our remedial action activities,” he says.
Meanwhile, Spt Warren Brown with the Prince George Detachment says, while the number of calls has dropped, they were able to help a number of families as well.
“We cannot ignore locations, individuals or crime trends in our communities that compromise the safety and well-being for any of our citizens, visitors, homes, and businesses” he says. “Unfortunately, we have a high number of vulnerable people who because of circumstances, often beyond their control, become victimized by one or more external entities.
At this time, the the motel remains closed.

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