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Most recent OPP stats show drop in crime and clearance rates

Posted July 30, 2014

While the number of violent crimes reported in May, 29, were down 22 per cent over the same time last year, sexual assault cases doubled from three to six, raising the year to date (YTD at May 31) figure to 15, the same as in 2013, according to the most recent monthly report by Nottawasaga OPP to the Police Services Board.

The total number of violent crimes reported in the first five months was 149, down 6.29 per cent. Within that, the number of assaults in May dropped to 10, down 50 per cent over May 2013. There were three robberies in May pushing the YTD at seven, three or 75 per cent more than in 2013.

Property crime reports in May decreased 19.6 per cent, including a 56 per cent drop in break and enters over May 2013. YTD there were 326 cases, down 9.7 per cent. The only category to increase YTD was Theft Under charges, 138, an increase of 13 per cent.

Nottawasaga OPP laid 14 drug possession charges in May, an increase of six, or 75 per cent over the same time last year, while year to date (at May 31), possession charges, 39, were down 13 per cent over 2013,

There were seven drug trafficking charges in the first five months, an increase of five over the same time last year. Overall, the 48 drug charges up to May 31, matched the 48 during the same stretch in 2013.

The clearance rate by OPP in May was 35 per cent, down 26 per cent over May 2013, while YTD it was down 3.27 per cent. Property crimes represented the highest number of outstanding investigations, down 54 per cent in May, and 13.3 per cent YTD.

The report notes clearance rates are "dynamic nature and numbers will change over time as the OPPcontinue to investigate and solve crime."

The number of incidents involving motor vehicle collisions, 67, were down 12 per cent in May, while YTD it climbed 26.5 per cent or 472. There were no fatal collisions in the first five months, which there were four in 2013. Personal injury reports were down 43 per cent YTD. The only increase was in property damage reports, 439, a 41 per cent increase YTD.

In terms of Community Initiatives, the total calls for service dropped 20 per cent in May, while the number of RIDE checks decreased 9.74 per cent in May, and 22 per cent YTD. Foot patrols YTD dropped by 29 per cent in Alliston, 39 per cent in Beeton, 18 per cent in Tottenham, and 36 per cent in Angus. Adjala-Tosorontio foot patrols increased 163 per cent.

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