While motor vehicles are often the most expensive stolen mode of transportation in any municipality, Whistler thieves appear more content with stealing bicycles.
In true Whistler fashion, criminals in 2011 showed more of an interest in high-end bicycles than motor vehicles by stealing a greater dollar value of two-wheelers than automobiles.
"Whistler has the distinction of being a municipality that has a higher (worth) in bikes stolen a year to vehicles," said Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair, addressing council on Tuesday (July 3). "It's due to the nature of so many cyclists. Last year and the year before we had a lot of bicycles stolen."
In the first six months of 2011 he said there were 38 incidents of bike theft, some with multiple bikes being taken, and only 10 cars stolen.
While so far this year the number of bikes stolen has dropped by 50 per cent the issue is significant enough LeClair told council work is being done specifically to combat bike thefts in the area.
"We obtained a bait bike this year that our members will put it out into the Village," said LeClair. "We want people to know there's a bait bike program and reducing bike thefts is a big concern this year."
That was but one of the facts shared by the Whistler RCMP in a recent presentation to council summarizing Whistler's crime statistics for the first six months of 2012 compared to 2011. Each year, the RCMP reports the previous year's findings to council in order to reveal any trends or areas of interest.
As such, according to LeClair, 2012 has brought a small reduction in crime throughout Whistler when compared to last year.
"Overall, we had a total of calls 3,120 (in 2011) for assistance to compared to 3,037 (in 2012)," he said.
Some incidents that saw a drop from year-to-year include mischief under $5,000, which went from 130 in 2011 to 111 in 2012, assault with a weapon or assault causing bodily harm dropping from 16 to seven and 63 people being caught with under 30 grams of marijuana compared to 53 for this year.
Other drug-related offences were also down, including possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana dropping from five to four, cocaine going from nine to three and ecstasy seizures dropping three to two.
Motor vehicle incidents on a whole were down, with 82 drivers being suspended 2012 compared to 92 in 2011 and 24 blowing over the legal alcohol limit compared to 33 those same years.
Vehicle incidents totaling more than $1,000 in damage dropped from 61 to 52, while non-fatal injury accidents went from 14 to 11.
Both 2011 and 2012 have had one motor vehicle fatality.
However, while the overall number of instances may be down, there were still some statistics that saw an increase between the years.
So far this year police held 282 people in their cells compared to 242 for the same period the previous year.
"Most of the prisoners are people intoxicated in public who were unable to care for themselves," he said. "We are encouraging our members instead of holding them in custody, to take them somewhere or leave them with someone where they will not be out in the village again."
Another incident that saw an increase was break and enters in residential units with 30 in the last six months compared with 23 in for the same time period last year. It was an increase that LeClair noted as being "disturbing."
"We've been observing that trend and believe it is in relation to a lot of thefts in the Northlands Boulevard area and Blackcomb way in the Benchlands," he said. "Somebody has been breaking into homes via open patio doors and stealing iPods and the things easily convertible to cash, however we're hopeful that fingerprints lifted from the scenes will be used (to catch the culprit)."