Summerland RCMP call numbers show slight decrease

Summerland’s RCMP officers were kept busy with 809 calls for service during the third period of 2014.

Summerland’s RCMP officers were kept busy with 809 calls for service during the third period of 2014.

The quarterly policing statistics, presented to municipal council earlier this month, show a four per cent overall decrease in the number of calls for service compared with the same period a year earlier.

In the third quarter of 2013, there were 843 calls for service. While the total volume of calls decreased, there were some notable increases.

So far this year, police have handled 10 sexual assault cases, up from three in the first nine months of 2013.

Business break and enters rose from five in the first nine months of 2013 to 14 in the same period this year.

Thefts of vehicles rose from nine in 2013 to 32 this year, while thefts from vehicles fell from 24 to 18.

The number of other thefts in the community also declined, with 43 in the first nine months of 2013 and 33 in the same period this year.

Frauds increased from 10 in the first nine months of last year to 24 in the same period this year.

On the roads, police issued 40 immediate roadside prohibitions from January to the end of September, up from 26 in the same period last year.

The number of 24-hour suspensions decreased from 10 in the first nine months of last year to four in the same period this year.