[Hpn] Go west young criminal, to find true prosperity in today 's B.C.

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      Go west young criminal, to find true prosperity in today's B.C.=20

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      By Tom Fletcher
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      VICTORIA - Crime is down across the country, the car radio assured =
me as I rolled off the ferry after the latest trip to the Lower =
Mainland. According to Statistics Canada, in 2005 the rates of crime =
reported to police in 27 urban areas across the country were all either =
stable or down, except for slight increases London and Ottawa.=20

      "Again, the highest crime rates were in Western cities," StatsCan =
cheerfully notes. On a provincial basis, B.C.'s crime rate is second =
worst in Canada, behind Saskatchewan and ahead of Manitoba. The lowest =
crime rates were in Ontario and Quebec.=20

      Highest crime-rate cities? After those perennial hotspots, =
Saskatoon and Regina, the next highest were Abbotsford, Vancouver, =
Winnipeg, Edmonton and - gasp - Victoria.=20

      Despite Quebec's rich tradition of murderous bikers and corrupt =
politicians, Canada's purest communities in this survey were Saguenay, =
Trois-Rivieres and Sherbrooke. It's been suggested that the troublesome =
youth of Quebec, and other provinces, are drawn disproportionately to =
laid-back B.C.=20

      Nationally, homicides are up a tetch but violent crime is =
generally down. This continues a long statistical trend, including a 25 =
per cent drop in sexual assaults over the last 10 years.=20

      Property crime is also down. The survey says a seven per cent drop =
in motor vehicle theft for 2005 is partly a result of better anti-theft =
systems on cars.=20

      This is all very reassuring, but do you feel safer today than you =
did 10 years ago? I don't. Most people in cities have added alarm =
systems in the vehicle, home and office during that time, and they don't =
seem to add much to the comfort level.=20

      The big difference for most of us is the visible number of scary =
guys on the street. It's not just the mumbling mental patients =
exercising their Trudeau-granted right to refuse help, or the grisly =
binners and "recyclers" who simply choose not to follow anyone's rules. =
When they steal at least they have desperation as an excuse.=20

      It's the hardcore system manipulators who will exploit whatever =
weakness a soft society presents to them. Social disorder gives them =
more room to work.=20

      My thanks to the British magazine The Economist, which gave a =
global black eye to pretty Vancouver, warning refined Europeans they =
might be upset by the panhandlers and drug dealers who croak their grim =
pitches in the faces of theatre-goers.=20

      In the heat of a supernatural B.C. summer, with help-wanted signs =
offering pay the same day for honest work, it's a bit much to pretend =
all these poor "homeless" are all helpless victims of right-wing welfare =
cuts. If you believe that, you'll soon be a victim, voluntarily or =
otherwise.=20

      People should heed one bit of advice from Vancouver police chief =
Jamie Graham. Don't give to panhandlers. Let the professional agencies =
handle genuine need.=20

      With the plunging crime rate, you'd expect policing costs would be =
dropping. You'd be wrong.=20
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      face=3DVerdana size=3D1><B>By Tom Fletcher</B><BR><I>Aug 01 =
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      <P>VICTORIA =97 Crime is down across the country, the car radio =
assured me=20
      as I rolled off the ferry after the latest trip to the Lower =
Mainland.=20
      According to Statistics Canada, in 2005 the rates of crime =
reported to=20
      police in 27 urban areas across the country were all either stable =
or=20
      down, except for slight increases London and Ottawa.=20
      <P>=93Again, the highest crime rates were in Western cities,=94 =
StatsCan=20
      cheerfully notes. On a provincial basis, B.C.=92s crime rate is =
second worst=20
      in Canada, behind Saskatchewan and ahead of Manitoba. The lowest =
crime=20
      rates were in Ontario and Quebec.=20
      <P>Highest crime-rate cities? After those perennial hotspots, =
Saskatoon=20
      and Regina, the next highest were Abbotsford, Vancouver, Winnipeg, =

      Edmonton and =96 gasp =96 Victoria.=20
      <P>Despite Quebec=92s rich tradition of murderous bikers and =
corrupt=20
      politicians, Canada=92s purest communities in this survey were =
Saguenay,=20
      Trois-Rivieres and Sherbrooke. It=92s been suggested that the =
troublesome=20
      youth of Quebec, and other provinces, are drawn disproportionately =
to=20
      laid-back B.C.=20
      <P>Nationally, homicides are up a tetch but violent crime is =
generally=20
      down. This continues a long statistical trend, including a 25 per =
cent=20
      drop in sexual assaults over the last 10 years.=20
      <P>Property crime is also down. The survey says a seven per cent =
drop in=20
      motor vehicle theft for 2005 is partly a result of better =
anti-theft=20
      systems on cars.=20
      <P>This is all very reassuring, but do you feel safer today than =
you did=20
      10 years ago? I don=92t. Most people in cities have added alarm =
systems in=20
      the vehicle, home and office during that time, and they don=92t =
seem to add=20
      much to the comfort level.=20
      <P>The big difference for most of us is the visible number of =
scary guys=20
      on the street. It=92s not just the mumbling mental patients =
exercising their=20
      Trudeau-granted right to refuse help, or the grisly binners and=20
      =93recyclers=94 who simply choose not to follow anyone=92s rules. =
When they=20
      steal at least they have desperation as an excuse.=20
      <P>It=92s the hardcore system manipulators who will exploit =
whatever=20
      weakness a soft society presents to them. Social disorder gives =
them more=20
      room to work.=20
      <P>My thanks to the British magazine The Economist, which gave a =
global=20
      black eye to pretty Vancouver, warning refined Europeans they =
might be=20
      upset by the panhandlers and drug dealers who croak their grim =
pitches in=20
      the faces of theatre-goers.=20
      <P>In the heat of a supernatural B.C. summer, with help-wanted =
signs=20
      offering pay the same day for honest work, it=92s a bit much to =
pretend all=20
      these poor =93homeless=94 are all helpless victims of right-wing =
welfare cuts.=20
      If you believe that, you=92ll soon be a victim, voluntarily or =
otherwise.=20
      <P>People should heed one bit of advice from Vancouver police =
chief Jamie=20
      Graham. Don=92t give to panhandlers. Let the professional agencies =
handle=20
      genuine need.=20
      <P>With the plunging crime rate, you=92d expect policing costs =
would be=20
      dropping. You=92d be wrong.=20
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