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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Police Saving Saint John Alot of Money Through Reducing Crime

(Police Chief Bill Reid)
       (File Photo)

Crime reduction strategies have saved Saint John an estimated half a million dollars a year. That word coming from Police Chief Bill Reid who says the traditional method of policing in which crime is reacted to when it happens is inefficient and ineffective. The Chief says they meet regularly with a crime analyst who gathers all the data and pinpoints where the hotspots are so effective plans can be put together. He claims less than half of the crimes that take place are actually reported to police.
Chief Reid says city police have managed to reduce the number of stolen vehicles by 19 per cent and breakins last year by 29 per cent.