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Monday, February 26, 2024

A village in New Brunswick is protesting an uptick in crime due to alleged police inaction

A New Brunswick community is protesting an uptick in crime and an alleged lack of police action.

Key Takeaways:

  • The majority of it is focused on property, such as stolen vehicles, tools, gasoline, four-wheelers, outboard motors, and other petty offenses, according to Mayor Ken Stannix.
  • According to Stannix, an elderly woman on a fixed income in the community reported gasoline theft from her vehicle to the village office.
  • Doherty has heard numerous stories about crimes in the hamlet, and he is now one of the residents working to improve his community.

The Village of McAdam is known for its tranquility.

On the other hand, residents are dealing with a rise in crime these days. According to Mayor Ken Stannix, most of it is directed at the property, such as stolen vehicles, tools, gasoline, four-wheelers, outboard motors, and other petty crimes.

He claims that the crimes are one thing but also an alleged lack of police action.

In an interview on Friday, he added, “It’s a resentment that stems from a perceived lack of police action towards criminals within the hamlet.”

“We’re a little different… Our towns are more compact. Everyone in this town knows everyone else. As a result, the criminal element is well-known in this town.”

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He said the neighborhood recognizes that property crimes are frequently a lower priority for police, but people have told him that in some cases, cops aren’t even coming up to take victim accounts.

He said, “You want an RCMP officer to show up.” “For many individuals who have broken their homes, it’s equally as significant.” That sense of safety has vanished.”

According to Stannix, an elderly woman on a fixed income in the community called the village office to report that gasoline had been stolen from her vehicle. The burglar had bored a hole through the gas tank and left the women without gas and with a large gas tank repair bill.

He claims that not only has her sense of security been taken away from her, but she is also facing financial hardship.

Under-resourced cops

The RCMP has notified Stannix and the council that they are under-resourced.

A detachment is stationed in the area, and its authority stretches from Donnelly, New Brunswick, to St. Croix.

Each year, the community pays approximately $270,000 of its overall $1.4 million budget for RCMP services. According to Stannix, the federal government is responsible for the remaining.

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Stannix does not feel McAdam’s problem is unique.

He stated, “Everyone appears to be frustrated with cops.” “It’s a provincial matter,” she says.

Police, according to Don Doherty, a McAdam business owner, are just not doing what they are paid to do.

He’s had stuff stolen from his store, he said Friday, adding that he doesn’t feel safe leaving his store locked up unattended at night.

“We’ve tried several times, both via our elected representatives and then through the RCMP, to remedy the system’s flaws, and we’ve gotten nothing,” he added. “No one wants to be held accountable.”

People are becoming frustrated, according to Doherty, because there isn’t enough attention on punishment for crimes like theft of property.

He stated, “There are flaws in the justice system.” “They’re releasing criminals on the street as they await trial, and while they’re out, they commit additional crimes.”

He feels that solutions exist but that neither the government nor the RCMP is willing to deal with them.

Doherty has heard many stories about crimes in the hamlet, and he is now one of the residents attempting to make a difference in his neighborhood.

Source: Global News

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