By Letter to the Editor on November 1, 2019.
We are all aware of the current situation in Lethbridge. The increased crime – theft, vandalism and violence – which grows daily in our fine city is an issue of fear, frustration and despondency for our residents. >As the “release” of those with whom the police deal for “petty” theft, etc. continues, the bravado of the criminals increases. Thus, we are now facing violent crime.
Yes, there have always been drugs and crime in Lethbridge – as in any city. However, with the supervised injection site, that crime has exponentially increased as some poor souls who are addicts need to get money for their drugs. The drug pushers have moved in and are happy recipients of stolen goods.
What last year started as entitled entry into people’s yards and cars, in search of recycling bottles, bikes and items to sell, has now become a rather rampant and regular sleuthing for things which are not nailed down, breaking vehicle windows, etc. There is no fear in the thieves re: getting “caught” or being seen. In fact, when confronted in the act of crime, bravado, abuse and violence result.
The citizens of Lethbridge are not being protected. The police force is stretched and probably frustrated at their lack of clear progress. >Taxpayers are angry. >We have parents who are afraid to let their kids walk home from school, a city centre where many people now refuse to go, and citizens wanting to be supportive to the plight of addicts while trying to protect their children and their homes.
We need a dedicated Crown prosecutor now. We need effective bylaws. We need means by which to deal with and for the addicts. We need to feel safe where we live.
It feels to many here that the supervised injection site was “forced” on us and we are left alone to deal with the horrendous consequences. It is unconscionable that our citizens are left to deal with the fallout.
We want our safe and wonderful city back but are wise enough to know that we cannot go back. We can, however, come to a place of “safety” in every area of the city, and confidence that there are legal ramifications for thefts and violent crime.
Government must protect the citizens of Lethbridge. We need clear plans to effectively deal with crime and addiction here. We are approaching a situation of crisis and chaos.