Drug crimes only rate category increase in first half of
year, traffic charges down
Violent and property crimes were down 11.8 and 18.3 per cent
respectively in the first half of 2017 over the same period last year,
according to Nottawasaga OPP's June monthly summary report to the
police services board.
Between January 1 and June 30, there were 149 reported violent crimes,
down from 169 over the same period in 2016. There were 374 reported
crimes against property, down from 458.
Drug related crimes were the only uptick, climbing 30.2 per cent. There
were 41 possession charges, up from 30, while trafficking climbed 15.4
The number of "unfounded" reports dropped from 127 during the same
period last year, to 63, a decline of 50.4 per cent.
There were 500 motor vehicle collisions in the first six months, down
from 526 or 4.9 per cent of those, personal injuries were down 12.2 per
cent, and a 3.4 per cent drop in property damage.
Traffic related charges were down across the board. There were 1,899
speeding charges, down from 2,358 or 48.1 per cent drop; 28 distracted
driving charges, a 48.1 per cent decrease; 57 impaired driving charges,
down 38.7 per cent; and 38 seat belt infractions, down 19.1 per cent.
The OPP's July report kicking off the second half, shows the same
downward trend including a 29.4 per cent decline in violent crimes
reported over the same month last year; a 51.4 per cent drop in
property crime; and an 80 per cent decrease in drug crimes.