Sometimes even crime takes it easy over the summer.
The number of offences reported or committed in the community between July and September dropped markedly compared to previous years.
Police reported 144 occurrences – down by roughly 25 per cent from an average of about 200 for those three months.
The latest quarterly statistics were presented to Maple Creek Town Council’s meeting on October 26, by Sgt. John Phipps, commander of the local RCMP detachment.
Sgt. Phipps said the summer decline was across-the-board, not in a particular category of offences.
“There is nothing concerning or unusual,” he said. Here are the summer statistics:
Sexual assaults/interference: 1; assaults (spousal/other): 3; willful damage/vandalism: 11; break and enter: 1; thefts: 8; impaired driving/over 0.08 per cent: 3; disturbing the peace: 6; fail to comply with conditions: 21; other criminal code offences: 11
Possession of drugs: nil; trafficking: nil
Liquor offences/driving suspensions: 1; other: 4
Collisions: 4; complaints/charges laid: 21
Request to locate/missing person: 4; sudden deaths: 1; assist general public/other agency: 8; bylaws: 1; other (false alarms, 911 calls, Mental Health Act, fires, family relations, etc.): 35
Total occurrences: 144
Michelle McKenzie, the Mayor of Maple Creek, asked Sgt. Phipps about reports of thefts in the park.
Sgt. Phipps said thefts in the park occurred during the off-season. He pointed out that the ring responsible for the thefts had been caught in Alberta.
“Last winter we didn’t see anything out there,” he said.
Councillor Len Barkman thanked RCMP officers for putting themselves in harm’s way to protect the community.
“Thank you for what you guys do for us,” he said.