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Winnipeg police make more than 200 arrests thanks to provincial funding aimed at reducing shoplifting

Winnipeg police make more than 200 arrests thanks to provincial funding aimed at reducing shoplifting
Winnipeg police make more than 200 arrests thanks to provincial funding aimed at reducing shoplifting


According to Winnipeg police, more than 200 arrests have been made in the first four weeks since the Manitoba government increased overtime funding.

The additional funding from the province was allocated so that the police could tackle shoplifting, violence and general public order.

The measure was taken after shopkeepers and local residents raised concerns about rising retail crime and the impact of random violent acts on the community.

Winnipeg police worked hard in June to reduce violent crime and shoplifting, with the aim of improving safety in stores.

Osborne Village, Exchange District and West End were the main areas of focus for the VCRT.

Between June 8 and July 5, the police carried out 203 arrests, 1,113 checks at shops, 484 individual checks and 610 crime prevention checks in the neighborhood.

During that period, 31 fines were also issued for breaches of the Provincial Offence Act and more than $8,800 worth of goods were seized.