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REPORTING · 23rd January 2013
Walter McFarlane
Staff Sergeant Phil Harrison stepped forward to deliver the Monthly Policing Report for December, 2012 and wrap up the year. He expressed they have had one of their staff learn record keeping before going into the statistics.

Harrison reported the total number of prisoners was 333 for 2012. In 2011, it was 374, 314 in 2010 and in 2009, the number of prisoners was 291. The police received 3972 calls in 2012 which is up from previous years.

“Just around Christmas time, just shortly after Christmas, we had three break and enters to businesses. Two of them were in the mall; It’s just another case of not having much in the way of security. There was no cameras, no alarms. It’s the same as leaving your house unlocked. We believe these crimes were all connected simply by the fact it was the float that was taken in each and every case,” said Harrison.

Comparing 2011 to 2012, there were 12 reported sexual assaults which is one higher than last year. Assaults with weapons were up, in 2011, there were 13, in 2012, 24. Common assaults remained the same, 91 in 2011, 96 in 2012. Robberies were cut in half from 4 to 2. Threats were down going from 66 to 53. Impaired driving was up with 44 in 2010 and 51 in 2012.

Break and enters to business was down, break and enters to residences were up. Theft of vehicles skyrocketed from 2 to 14. Shoplifting remained pretty close. Vandalism went from 105 to 160 incidents.

Councillor Phil Germuth wanted to know more about the break ins. He wanted to know if the business in Service Centre had an alarm. He was told they do, but he was talking about the two which were at the mall.

Councillor Edwin Empinado wanted to know if there were any identified suspects. He was told there were not.

There were no further questions so Harrison sat down.