Triton residents anxious over spike in crime reports
A town in Newfoundland's Green Bay area is in the midst of a crime wave, and on Wednesday night, about 150 concerned residents attended a public meeting to ask questions of town officials and the RCMP.
Triton has had at least 15 break-ins in the last six months.
Businesses were the main targets at first, but now the crimes have spread to people's homes. Six houses have been broken into in the last six weeks.
Mayor Jason Roberts said residents are nervous.
'You've got seniors here, people living by themselves — these people [are] going to bed at night, not sleeping, waiting until daylight to go to sleep, when they know someone else is awake," said Roberts.
"And [they're] taking things to bed with them, just in case someone breaks in, to try and protect themselves."
Roberts said a common complaint raised was the distance of the nearest police detachment, 45 minutes away.
"More police presence in the town, on the 'off hours' I call it. Our activities that are happening in this town are not happening at 3:00 in the afternoon,. When everyone else is sleeping, that's when they go to work pretty well."
Const. Julie Gordon of the Springdale RCMP said they are patrolling 10-plus communities.
"Everybody expects the same level of policing, so it's difficult to get up there and stay up there all the time, but we do try to increase patrols," Gordon said.
Police have made one arrest so far. A Triton man has been charged with stealing two guns.
The RCMP is hoping after this week's meeting that more people will come forward to help their investigation — but in the meantime, Gordon said residents need to be on alert.
"In small communities, I know sometimes we feel a little bit more safe than if we were in a large city ... but lock doors, when you leave, keep a light on."
The town hopes the increased attention will help deter thieves. It is also planning on organizing a community watch program.