Shoplifting Enforcement Pilot Gets Extended After Successful Start

Coquitlam, Crime Reduction

2017-06-22 07:23 PDT

A pilot enforcement project to reduce shoplifting in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam has worked so well that it will now be part of an ongoing crime-reduction strategy.

The pilot project started on March 24, 2017, and involved the Coquitlam RCMP, Metro Vancouver Transit Police and local businesses who worked together on a one-day enforcement blitz in areas where shoplifting rates were high.

In the most recent effort, on June 9, 2017, Coquitlam RCMP’s Uniform Crime Reduction Unit (UCRU) worked directly with Loss Prevention Officers from several retailers to generate 20 new files including three people in custody, two people released on a Promise to Appear (in court), two referred to Communities Embracing Restorative Action (CERA)- a formal alternative measures process, and one charge still pending.

In the 2016 annual report we found that shoplifting is one of the top five reported crimes to Coquitlam RCMP, says Corporal Michelle Luca with Coquitlam UCRU, with transit serving the densest business areas of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, Metro Vancouver Transit Police are a natural fit to help solve the problem. The results have been so good that we will be doing this on an ongoing basis.

Chief Doug LePard of Metro Vancouver Transit Police states I am very pleased with the excellent collaboration between Metro Vancouver Transit Police and the Coquitlam RCMP. This partnership has created efficiencies that are producing great results for public safety.

The next enforcement blitzes will happen at times and places where prolific offenders are suspected to be at work. Prolific offenders are always a priority for police because they commit a disproportionately high level of crime and stopping them can reduce crime dramatically.

Released by

Cpl. Michael McLaughlin

Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580


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