New crime hotspots in Chilliwack identified by the RCMP were released Thursday.
The hotspots – areas identified by a crime analyst to focus police resources and to alert local residents – include rural as well as urban locations of increased property crimes.
The list is released monthly by the RCMP’s Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment.
Downtown Chilliwack saw 19 property crimes reported between Jan. 9 and Feb. 5, including three stolen vehicles and seven residential break-and-enters. The incidents occurred between Chilliwack Central Road and Maple Avenue, and between Charles Street and Broadway Street.
The Vibe residential complex on Yale Road saw eight vehicle crimes in quick succession between Jan. 16 and Feb. 4, including two attempted auto thefts and six theft-from-vehicles.
A hotspot near Exhibition Park between Railway Avenue and Young Road saw 10 thefts from vehicles. The hotspot includes Corbould Street, Hodgins Avenue, Westview Avenue and Edward Street.
Four business break-ns and four thefts-from-vehicles were reported in a hotspot in the Young Road area, including Airport Road and Hocking Avenue, as well as Southlands Drive and Hilton Drive.
On the south side of Chilliwack, a hotspot was identified between Spruce Drive and Luckakuck Way, including Knight Road, Evans Road, Jasper Drive and Wells Road. Thirteen property crimes were reported in this area, including one business break-in, four stolen vehicles and eight thefts-from-vehicles.
Police said property crimes continued in a hotspot around Garrison Crossing and Watson Glen Park. There have been eight vehicle crimes in and around the residential area of Garrison Crossing including one stolen vehicle and one attempted auto theft between Jan. 18 to Feb. 3. Watson Road, Vedder Road, Cowichan Street, Carter Road, Kathleen Drive and Shawnigan Crescent are included in the hotspot.
In rural Chilliwack, a hotspot was identified in the Chapman Road-McGrath Road area.
Five property crimes were reported along Yale Road between Chapman Road and McGrath Road, including Muirhead Street and Nevin Road. Two stolen vehicles, two residential break-ins and one recovered stolen vehicle were reported.