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Spike in crime in Prince George pinned partially on wildfires
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Spike in crime in Prince George pinned partially on wildfires

Officials are saying that wildfire evacuees could be responsible for an increase in crime and homelessness in Prince George.

Over the past 2 wildfire seasons, the city has taken in nearly 12 thousand evacuees, just over 10 percent of their population.

Now RCMP are saying a small percentage of those evacuees could be to blame for spikes in crime in the city over the past year.

Police claim they have identified many repeat offenders now living in the city that were formerly residents of wildfire neighbouring communities.

City officials say they have also seen a rise in mental addiction, drug use, and homeless people on the streets.

About Jeff Blagden

News Reporter/ Anchor. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Jeff has a background in sports journalism, and radio hosting. He comes most recently from his post as a morning show host in Chetwynd.

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