Over-all crime rates down in Regina but break-ins on the rise
Year after year crime rates in Regina have been going down but the latest police commission report shows that break and enters are moving against the grain.
For the fourth month in a row police are recording a rise in robberies and certainly have the issue on their radar.
Already in 2012 there are 12 per cent more break and enters than this time last year. Hagen and the police department are not exactly sure why.
Police Chief Troy Hagen says right now they are trying to identify repeat offenders and hotspots.
"We can see small pockets of individuals that are committing and are becoming very active and can actually cause a lot of damage within a short period of time," Hagen said.
He says these thieves have been hitting homes at all times of the day but they don't seem to strike when people are at home. Hagen says it is a good idea for peopleto constantly make your home look lived in.
The majority of reported crimes are down in Regina.
While Hagen says the increase in break and enters is a pressure point they are working on, he isn't too concerned, saying highs and lows are common.
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Edited by CJME's Adriana Christianson