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Man arrested in connection with Wendy’s shooting
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 8 mars 2012

 
Photo: Marie Cicchini

Wendy’s restaurant on Décarie Blvd.

A 24-year-old man known to police was arrested on Jan. 25 in connection with a shooting that took place in the Wendy’s parking lot near the corner of Décarie Blvd. and Isabella Ave. on Jan. 19. Police would not say whether the man in custody was the shooter or an accomplice or if the shooting was gang-related. “The investigation is still underway,” Constable Mélanie Martineau said on Feb. 29.

This was the second homicide of 2012 on the island of Montreal. By the same date last year, there had also been two murders, while there have been three murders so far in 2012. The latest incident follows on the heels of a string of similar shootings in the area over the last six months, fanning residents’ fears of a resurgent crime wave in the multicultural neighbourhood.

However, a new study by Montreal police comparing crime rates across the island between 2005 and 2008 found that crimes against people were concentrated in a handful of neighbourhoods, including Little Burgundy, St. Henri, Pointe St. Charles and Ville Émard.

Property crimes were highest in The Plateau, Little Italy, and Petite Patrie.

The study’s findings suggest that crime rates rise in areas where there are bars, clubs, CEGEPs, universities and metro stations. There are more violent crimes in the summer, with assault being the most common offence.

According to Jean-François Pelletier, head of strategic development for the force, an increased police presence helps to deter property crimes, but not those against people. «Violence within the family, or spousal abuse will happen inside a home,» he said.

A lot has changed over the years. Côte-des-Neiges once had a reputation for being a tough neighbourhood, a fact attested to by a 1951 novel by David Montrose.

Today it has become one of the safer neighbourhoods on the island, ranking on a par with upscale areas like St. Laurent, Outremont, Dorval, and Baie d’Urfe as one of the better places to live.

Crime rates have been declining in Montreal since 2005. But, Montrealers shouldn’t jump for joy yet. In absolute numbers the tally is still high, despite the SPVM’s banner campaign that «Montreal is Safe».

In 2010, there were 139,877 misdemeanors and violations of the criminal code on the island of Montreal, including crimes against the person, property crimes and other infractions. A total of 30,211 crimes were committed in the centre-west sector where Côte-des-Neiges’s station 26 is located.

From 2009 to 2010, there was an increase in the number of homicides (31-37), attempted murders (106-112), and sexual assaults (1080-1161) in Montreal, as well as a decrease in the number of assaults (14,004-13,028). There were 24,627 crimes against the person in 2010, 55 fewer than in 2009, representing a reduction of 0.5%.

[ Deborah Rankin ]





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