The Prince Albert Police Service is responding to a recent spike in property crime in the city by redeploying officers to a targeted task force.
Over the next several weeks, three full-time police officers are being redeployed to a high-priority task force with the aim of solving break and enter offences and reducing property crime.
A review of the related statistics shows break and enters have followed similar trend patterns to previous years with a significant spike in break-ins to outbuildings and sheds. Crime statistics for July 2019 show 149 break-ins to sheds and outbuildings, an increase over 78 for the same time last year.
Bikes are commonly targeted items for thieves, along with tools and yard equipment.
“This task force will be focused on analyzing the trends and patterns behind property crime with the goal of enforcement and prevention,” said Prince Albert Police Chief Jon Bergen. “The task force will review and investigate break and enters to residential homes and businesses in the city to not only arrest those responsible for property crimes, but ensure stolen property is returned to the rightful owners.”
The Prince Albert Police Service encourages residents and business owners to continue reporting suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods by calling 306-953-4222. Residents can also report a property crime online through the police service website.