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Castlegar thefts down 43% in 2023

Property crime is down, arson is up in Castlegar this year
RCMP Sgt. Monty Taylor spoke to Castlegar City Council on Nov. 2. Image: City of Castlegar screenshot

Castlegar’s RCMP detachment commander says property crime in Castlegar is down this year.

In particular, theft is down by 43 per cent.

Last week Sgt. Monty Taylor told city council that he can’t really explain why those rates are down, but that one person moving in or out of the community or in or out of jail can sometimes make a big difference for a small town’s statistics.

One category of crime is up sharply however — arson.

Taylor said a number of suspicious fires remain under investigation.

Police are still waiting for charge approval related to an Aug. 12 fire outside of a business on Minto Road.

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Betsy Kline

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After spending several years as a freelance writer for the Castlegar News, Betsy joined the editorial staff as a reporter in March of 2015. In 2020, she moved into the editor's position.
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