Policing calls show decrease

Summerland RCMP members had fewer calls in the second quarter of 2012 than they had in the same period a year ago.

Summerland RCMP members had fewer calls in the second quarter of 2012 than they had in the same period a year ago, according to the latest policing statistics.

On Monday evening, Sgt. Mona  Kauffeld of the Summerland RCMP detachment presented the first quarterly report to municipal council.

From April to June, Summerland RCMP responded to 618 calls for service, a 10 per cent drop from the same period in 2011.

Mischief complaints dropped from 57 in the second quarter of 2011 to 34 in the second quarter of this year.

This year’s mischief figure includes nine reports of broken windows at businesses and vehicles overnight on June 25 to 26.

Other crime statistics were higher than in 2011.

Auto thefts and thefts from vehicles were both up from a year ago.

There were seven vehicle thefts reported, up from four in the same period in 2011.

In the first half of this year, there have been 11 reported vehicle thefts, compared with five in the same period a year ago.

“A number of Summerland’s stolen vehicles at the beginning of this quarter were believed to be associated with a prolific vehicle thief based out of Penticton,” Kauffeld said. “He was arrested in late April and is currently in  custody awaiting charges of robber, possession of stolen property and other criminal code offences.”

The number of break and enters also rose, with 11 reported from April to June. In the same period a year ago, there were seven break and enters reported.

Other police files included six drug files for possession.

On the roads, police issued four three-day immediate roadside prohibitions and one 24-hour prohibition for alcohol use. One driver was charged with impaired driving.


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