A spike in thefts in BC is being partly blamed on Albertans.
Vancouver Police think the struggling economy in Alberta has left some going outside of the law, and the province, to make a quick buck.
“Because the economy is poor and the jobs aren’t there, we’re seeing a lot more people in general move from Alberta to British Columbia,” explained Vancouver Police Constable Brian Montague. “As a result we’re likely to run into individuals that recently moved here that are committing crimes as well.”
Montague says officers have told him stories and now it has led to increased requests from other provinces to issue Canada wide warrants.
“It is not just Alberta,” explained Montague. “We’re seeing individuals coming to Vancouver and the Vancouver area, we’re seeing individuals from all over the country, some of them with outstanding warrants in those provinces, whether it is Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario or the Maritimes.”
Montague says things seems to have switched.
“In the past, we used to see a large population of people move from British Columbia to Alberta and now we’re seeing the opposite flow,” explained Montague.
Police Chief Rod Knecht suggested a year ago that a spike in crime in Edmonton was due to the economy troubles and the impact that is having on people. (twd, CKNW, Global News)