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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Crime Rates On A Major Downward Turn Since 2009

In Saint John, it seems we still see our share of car break ins, thefts, and other crime--however, their frequency is apparently far less now than in the recent past, according to Police Chief Bill Reid.

Reid tells CHSJ News there's been an overall crime reduction of 16%, and in certain areas like robberies that has skyrocketed to 60%. Reid tells CHSJ News the methadone maintenance program has been a huge factor and it's having positive spin-offs for solving crime as well.

Reid says when the police force goes before council to offer a review of its operations in March, intelligence-based policing and the methadone program will be non-negotiables as far as he's concerned.