The number of occurrences recorded in the latest quarterly police report has risen by more than 10 per cent over the same period in 2020.
There were 143 occurrences in the report for January-March 2021, the last quarter of the fiscal year; this compares with 120 for last year.
The statistics were released by Sgt. John Phipps, commander of Maple Creek’s RCMP detachment, at the April 13 Town Council meeting.
The community police report showed:
Sexual assaults/interference: Nil; Assaults (Spousal/other): 1; wilful damage/vandalism: 7; Break and enter: 2; Thefts: 11; Impaired driving/Over 0.08 per cent: 7; Disturbing the peace: 4; Fail to comply with conditions: 18; Other Criminal Code offences: 8;
Possession of drugs: 1; Trafficking: 1
Liquor offences/driving suspensions: 2; Other: Nil;
1. Accidents: 2; Complaints/Charges laid: 26;
Request to locate/missing person: 7; Sudden deaths: 3; Assist general public/other agency: 11; By-laws: 1; Other (False alarms, 911 calls, Mental Health Act, fires, family relations etc.): 31
Total occurrences: 143
This compares with 128 for 2019 and 124 for 2018
Sgt. Phipps said the bulk of the 2021 increase comes from the assistance and services section in the report, which includes a lot of assistance files, false alarms, 911 calls. Some were Public Health Act calls as well.
“There really wasn’t much of an increase on the criminal side,” he said.
Sgt. Phipps pointed out that the numbers in the report did not necessarily reflect actual crimes – they were reported crimes or files that had been opened. Some reports, he said, could have proved unfounded.