The number of break and enters in Cranbrook has doubled over the past year.
RCMP Staff Sergeant Hector Lee presented the latest police statistics to City Council Monday night.
A major highlight was the 16 B & E’s from January to the end of June compared to just eight during the same time in 2016.
There has also been a 47 per cent increase in thefts in Cranbrook from January to July.
Lee suggests they’ve usually got a handle on these offences but all resources were busy when a homicide investigation started in March.
The City’s top cop believes these crimes are linked to repeat offenders or groups that pass through the region looking for trouble.
Lee says he expects a decrease in property related crimes in his third and fourth quarter reviews.
On a different note, Lee is pleased with a significant decrease in mental health related calls.
The detachment has received 229 reports January through June compared to 285 during the same time in 2016.
Lee says thats the result of new mental health liasion officer Cpl. Erin Stevenson who has been working to connecting all the appropriate local services need to help vulnerable people.
The Cranbrook detachment has received a total of 5047 calls over that time – a five per cent increase from 2016.– Cranbrook RCMP Staff Sgt. Hector Lee