There has been a huge drop in several areas in Regina in the first 10 months of 2020 when it comes to crime compared to the same time frame a year ago.
The latest crime numbers were produced at a board of police commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday and those numbers show an overall drop of 30 percent with crimes against the property with break and enters seeing a 25 percent decrease.
Police Chief Evan Bray says he isn’t sure how much of that is related to COVID-19 and people staying home.
“What I can say is while people are in their house while working or off work, they are not getting broken into as often as when they aren’t in their home. “Bray said. “The other side of that is when people are in their house, they are reporting things that probably go on every day in their neighbourhood, but they don’t normally see them.
Another area that is down is tickets that have been issued as there has been a 38 percent drop. Bray says officers did look the other way many times because of COVID.
“That really has a lot to do with the fact that we relaxed traffic enforcement significantly through the early part of COVID, understanding there was a lot of community challenges,” Bray said “We felt like that was the appropriate thing to do, to focus on education and community safety, but not enforcement.”