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Lower gas prices equal lower crime rates in B.C. gas fields

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A gas well near Fort Nelson.

A Northern B.C. RCMP officer says there is a link between crime and industry in gas towns. Tom Roy is the RCMP Detachment Commander in Fort Nelson, a northeastern community that services the oil and gas sector for B.C. 

"We noticed when things are busy, 2008, nine, ten, and eleven that our crime rate was kind of trending upwards," he says. "Now we've noticing here over the last couple of years that there's a lot less activity in the natural gas patch here in Fort Nelson that our crime statistics are now trending downwards... I guess we didn't have to be rocket scientists to figure out that our crime rate in the community is somewhat linked, or there's a nexus between gas patch activity and the crime rate."

Roy says that there's been a decline in crimes ranging from property damage to drug-related offences.

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