A spike in property crime in Cranbrook isn’t expected to continue into the final months of 2017.
This from Key City RCMP Staff Sergeant Hector Lee following a 31 per cent increase in related offences during the third quarter of this year compared to the same time in 2016.
Lee admits more offenders were in the area during this time but he believes recent arrests will curtail crime in the coming weeks.
He adds the cold weather helps quiet things down too and they’ve already seen offences drop off the past few weeks since the offenders were taken off the streets.
There’s also been a 59 per cent increase in breach of probation or bail but Lee suggests that reflects proactive efforts by officers to control behavior and reduce crime.
He says its necessary to constantly be checking in on certain individuals but it takes time in some cases to get them into certain programs or habits that’ll lead them into a better life.
Other highlights from last quarter show sexual assaults in Cranbrook have risen from three last year to 12 already this year.
Also, notably, impaired driving has dropped 46 per cent from the same time last year.
On top of that, there’s been a 56 per cent decrease in the number of local motor vehicle collisions involving alcohol.
– Cranbrook RCMP Staff Sgt. Hector Lee