Police call numbers decrease

Summerland RCMP saw a slight decrease in the number of calls for service in the second quarter of 2015.

Summerland RCMP saw a slight decrease in the number of calls for service in the second quarter of 2015, compared with the same period a year earlier.

In the second quarter of this year, police responded to 677 calls for service, while in the second quarter of 2014, they received 689 calls for service.

Des-pite this two per cent  de-crease, the number of Criminal Code files in the detachment rose by 21 per cent.

Crime statistics released by the detachment showed increases in several break and enter, theft and related categories.

While the number of business break and enters rose by 14 per cent from seven in the first half of last year to eight in the first half of this year, the number of residential break and enters is unchanged when the first half of last year is compared with the first half of this year.

The number of other break and enters rose from four in the first half of 2014 to 12 in the same period this year.

The number of thefts from vehicles increased from 10 in the first half of 2014 to 28 in the same period this year, for an increase of 180 per cent.

Other thefts showed an in-rease of 200 per cent.

Shoplifting cases also showed an in-crease.

The biggest category increase was in causing disturbances. In the first half of 2014, there were three incidents in this category. In the same period this year, the number has risen to 16, for an increase of 433 per cent.

On the roads, police have responded to seven collisions with injuries so far this year, a number unchanged from the same time frame last year.

There were no fatalities.

In addition, police have issued two 24-hour suspensions, up from just one in the first half of 2014. Police have also issued 13 immediate roadside prohibitions, up from nine in the first six months of 2014.


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