Violent Crime & Retail Theft Initiative – Supporting Storefronts, Empowering Communities

Released: July 10, 2024 at 1:24 p.m.

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On May 29, 2024, the Manitoba Government announced temporary funding for police overtime to curtail offences related to retail theft, violence and general public disorder. Retailers and community members alike have expressed concern regarding the increased trend in retail crime and how random acts of violence affect everyone in the community. Throughout June, uniform officers across the General Patrol divisions, in partnership with detectives from the Major Crimes Division and members of the Community Relations Division, worked together to reduce violent crime and retail theft (VCRT) and improve the safety of retailers and community members.

The one-month VCRT initiative was launched to deter crime, apprehend offenders, and provide education to retailers and community members across the city, with visible police presence in the following areas:

Results from the first four weeks (June 8 to July 5) highlight the collaborative efforts of Patrol members, Investigational Resources - PCU and the Community Relations Division working together in this initiative.

Total Arrests = 203

Total Storefront Engagements = 1,113

Individual Engagements = 484

Community Division Crime Prevention Engagements = 610
Recovered merchandise = more than $8,800 
Provincial Offence Act (Tickets) = 31

Based on the strong community response, the Province has extended this initiative, which will continue throughout the summer.

Retailers and community members can book a community safety presentation with the Community Relations Division.

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