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Downtown DC mental health drop in centre vandalized, break-in

Downtown destruction at mental health support stop.

A downtown mental health support centre is the latest victim of vandals and destruction in Dawson Creek.

"We've been located in the down town core for over 30 years with little to no incidents up until this past year and a bit," says coordinator at On Our Own, Tammy Lockhart.

"My staff member arrived to work Wednesday morning at 5am to see the front door glass smashed in.  There was no other damage to our centre other than my office door slightly damaged by a failed attempt to get in."

The thieves were able to gain access to the building, which houses many other businesses and vital programs. This is the second break-in to the building this summer. 

"The staff and patrons that are a part of our most vulnerable population in Dawson Creek, have faced multiple verbal and violent physical assaults this year by individuals in our streets," adds Lockhart. 

"The threats don't just happen on the streets, they end up on our door step or in our place of operation.  The centre that has served as a safe haven for our individuals, has been threatened and violated.  These senseless crimes have not only affected our community financially,  but emotionally- by taking our peace of mind and sense of security in our homes and businesses," she adds.

A town hall/open house is slated for 6 to 8pm on Sept. 21 at the Ovintiv Events Centre, Co-op Mercer Hall to discuss downtown crime.