A call out has been made by the RCMP for more information regarding city-wide instances of vandalism.
On the night of Oct. 1, 26 phone calls were made to the RCMP regarding windows being broken with pellet gun shots. This, along with spray painting, has amounted to approximately $10,000 in damages.
“At this point, it hasn’t been determined [whether the crimes are related] but we are looking into all and every possibility,” said Cst. Grant Kirzinger of the Lloydminster RCMP. “We do have some leads that we’re looking into and we are getting closer to finding out the information that we need.”
Previous to the report of these crimes, spray paint graffiti was found on the Lloydminster RCMP Detachment, LloydMall loading dock door and Mother Teresa Early Childhood Education Centre. Surveillance of a suspect was recorded at Mother Teresa.
“The RCMP has noted a substantial increase in vandalism,” said Kirzinger. Those responsible for damages city-wide present no threat of violence, however.
Over the summer, instances of vandalism RCMP seek suspects in city-wide vandalism were reasonably low, but these types of crimes generally come in waves, said Kirzinger. Now, the city is experiencing a spike in these kinds of activities.
“When it happens, it’s a whole bunch at once, until we are able to locate the individuals and then it stops again,” he said. He also believes that the crimes could be connected.
“Given that a whole bunch of windows were shot out in cars within a short time frame, we believe that there will be some link to these.”
The RCMP are performing a targeted investigation and increasing their visibility around the city in order to resolve these issues and deter further ones. But they could use the public’s help in some capacity.
“There’s a few different things the public can do,” said Kirzinger. “Being aware and cognisant of your property as well as your neighbour’s is always a good thing.”
Citizens are encouraged to try and take in as much information as possible, including vehicle type and license plate number, in the event of an occurrence such as this one. They are also urged to call the RCMP or Crime Stoppers with any information regarding these crimes.
Kirzinger also said that people interested in preventing this kind of activity can volunteer with Neighbourhood Watch or Citizens on Patrol. To volunteer, contact the RCMP or attend the grand opening of the new detachment Oct. 22 at 5106-44 St. at 2 p.m., where representatives from both initiatives will be onsite.