Property crimes decline

Police have been kept busy with reports of assaults and harassment, but property crime statistics have dropped this year.

Police have been kept busy with reports of assaults and harassment, but property crime statistics have dropped this year.

The third-quarter policing report shows an increase in crimes against people but a decrease in property crimes and traffic accidents.

There were 12 assaults reported during the third quarter of this year, up from nine during the same period in 2010. Since the beginning of the year, police have received 30 reports of assaults, a 20 per cent increase from the 25 received in the first nine months of 2010.

Harassment figures are also up, with eight incidents reported during the third quarter of the year and 18 reported since the start of 2011. This represents an 80 per cent increase from the same period last year.

In almost every property crime category, the figures are showing decreases this year.

The number of auto thefts reported since the beginning of the year is 11, down 61 per cent from the 28 reported during the same period in 2010.

Thefts from vehicles have dropped 32 per cent, from 56 to 30.

Four business break and enters have been reported so far this year, a 75 per cent decrease from the 16 reported in the same period last year. Residential break and enter reports also showed a decrease, from 10 last year to five so far this year.

There were two reports of thefts over $5,000, down from three during the first three quarters of last year. Thefts under $5,000 dropped from 55 to 36.

Mischief incidents have shown an increase, with 25 reported in the third quarter of the year and 109 from January to the end of September. This is up from 19 and 67 respectively during the same period in 2010.

The number of collisions with damage over $1,000 dropped from 48 in the first three quarters of last year to 37 during the same period this year. Collisions with damage under $1,000 rose from 11 to 16 during the same period.

There were 17 collisions with non-fatal injuries, down from 19 in the first nine months of last year.

 

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