By: Nikki Jamison
A recent presentation from the RCMP shows a declining trend in calls this quarter.
During their regular Nov. 3 meeting, Stirling village council accepted the quarterly reports regarding crime statistics in the area.
Presented by Sgt. Kevin Wright of the Raymond/Magrath RCMP, it allows council to review the current statistics and reconfirm community priorities.
According to the second quarter statistics, the Raymond/Magrath RCMP detachment responded to 549 calls for service this quarter. The detachment also responded to the following calls:
• Two Person(s) Offenses (down from three in 2020 and two in 2019)
• Four Property Offenses (down from 13 in 2020 and 10 in 2019)
• One Criminal Code (other) (down from four in 2020 and two in 2019)
• 11 Provincial Statutes (not traffic) (up from five in 2020 and six in 2019)
• Three Provincial Traffic (same as in 2020, and down from four in 2019)
• One Criminal Code Traffic (up from none in 2020 and 2019)
According to the Raymond Provincial Crime Gauge, from January to September, they have seen an eight per cent decrease in 2021 compared to 2020.
While they have seen a 24 per cent increase in persons crime and and 10 per cent increase in other criminal code violations, there has been a 26 per cent decrease in property crimes. Additionally, some highlighted property crime statistics show that there have been four less instances of break and enters, or a decrease of 19 per cent, nine less instances of motor vehicle thefts and 27 less instances of theft under $5,000, or a 42 per cent decrease.
Mayor Trevor Lewington said that the village appreciates, “the open communication and strong partnership” from Wright and his team, and were pleased to see a declining trend in the statistics.