Barbed wire will help keep vandals out of Terrace, B.C. property

Kermode Properties strata council president Don Ritchey asked council for permission to beef up security

City council voted in favour of allowing a private property representative to beef up security with the addition of barbed wire on a fence to keep out vandals and thieves.

Don Ritchey, strata council president for Kermode Properties, had applied for a development variance permit to allow barbed wire along the existing 1.8 metre high fence and to allow the existing 3.6 m high open mesh (chain link) fence on the west side of the property, as stated in the city council Sept. 12 agenda.

“I don’t think it comes as much of a surprise considering the increase in the homeless and as the RCMP stepped up its activity, [there’s been an] increase in people moving down below the curling rink where we are and quite an escalation of petty thefts,” Ritchey told city council, adding that it was determined that the culprits were coming in through the fence.

Eight vehicles were rummaged through by intruders in one night, he added.

“As many as 30 people live in the bushes there about 100 yards from us and it’s caused a lot of stress in the seniors there,” said Ritchey.

City bylaw officer Dwayne Sheppard spent three hours looking around the property, recommending steps that could be taken to increase security such as better signage and video cameras, added Ritchey.

City planner Tara Irwin said the staff recommended the variances because the barbed wire is above the height of 1.8 metres which is a bylaw requirement, the fence is within the Kermode Properties’ property line and maintained by the strata, there are no future plans to install barbed wire on top of the 3.6 m chain link fence, the fence is adjacent to Riverside Park which is permitted and the barbed wire will only have a minor impact on the community and potentially increase safety at Kermode Properties.

The city did not receive any concerns from property owners, added Irwin.

 

[update: Ritchey said later that the intruders rummaged through eight vehicles during two consecutive nights, not one night as he had told city council.]

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

No injuries reported following propane leak in Terrace

Hwy 16 closed off, businesses evacuated as emergency crews responded

Coastal GasLink stresses pipeline ‘on a schedule’ as B.C. appoints liaison for Wet’suwet’en

670-kilometre pipeline is schedule to be completed by end of 2023

River Kings dethrone Rampage to reclaim first place in CIHL standings

Terrace is heading to Rupert rivals Jan. 31 in what will be a pivotal match for first place

COLUMN | Creating a “community of practice” inspires

Art Matters by columnist Sarah Zimmerman

Hockey puck with nails found at Terrace Sportsplex Arena

City believes it has already caused $4,000 of damage

VIDEO: Canada’s first presumptive case of coronavirus officially confirmed

Both patient and wife arrived on a China Southern Airlines flight after having been to Wuhan

First-place Canucks beat Blues 3-1 for ninth straight home win

Miller nets pair as Vancouver defeats Cup champs

Swapping grape varieties can help winemakers adapt to climate change: UBC study

Report says 56% of wine-grape-growing regions would be lost if global climate warms by 2 C

Alberta premier wants feds to approve Teck mine for benefit of First Nations

Kenney: ‘Surely [reconciliation] means saying yes to economic development for First Nations people’

Police search for man who went missing from Vernon hotel

Jay Rosenberger, 38, was last seen Friday

NDP suggests easing secondary housing rules for B.C. farmland

Lana Popham proposes guest homes not just for relatives

After four sexual assaults in the same B.C. park, RCMP ask women not to walk alone

Four sexual assaults took place in Glen Park over two months

BC Place lights up in purple and yellow to honour Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash

Whistleblower says Iranian-Americans questioned at Peace Arch crossing were targeted

Immigration lawyer says response from Customs Border Protection is a ‘total cover up’

Most Read