‘Our streets are not safe’: Kamloops trade association calls for criminal liability | iINFOnews


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May 12, 2021 – 11:57 AM


The North Shore Business Improvement Association has said crime and vandalism in Kamloops is placing the city in a “state of siege.”

This is from a letter recently sent to Kamloops city officials, the RCMP and other government officials, calling for increased accountability for crime on the North Shore and an end to parole. for suspected criminals. The Côte-Nord business association represents 420 businesses in the region.

“Our justice system appears to be considerably dysfunctional and not responsive to order or the safety of the community,” the letter from the business association reads.

A recent break-in at Jamaican Kitchen appears to have been a catalyst for The Business Improvement Association’s executive director Jeremy Heighton and President Bryce Herman to draft the letter, calling for more accountability on crime in Kamloops .

According to the letter, the co-owner of the Kamau Metsinela restaurant was cleaning up after the burglary and was confronted by two people who told him, “We own these streets, so fuck you.”

Metsinela found his property in the alleys around his business and people drinking their product. They felt the RCMP had their hands tied to hold those responsible to account.

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During the last quarter, the association totaled nearly $ 168,000 in damages related to vandalism, graffiti, theft and crime prevention around Tranquille Road.

Area businesses are also helping to fund increased security patrols in the 400-block area of ​​Tranquille Road to the tune of approximately $ 9,000 per month. But even with the added security, the association said the streets are not safe.

“We would be reluctant if we did not realize that this letter does not address the social issues side of community safety. We are strong supporters of a system focused on healthy community outcomes, including relief and drug addiction, complex care, and graduated community recovery services, “the letter read.

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