Drug offense numbers not included in stats
SUMMERSIDE – Summerside police received over 1,000 fewer calls from the public for crime related activities in 2013 than in 2012.
Summerside Police Services
Councillor Tina Mundy, chairwoman of the city’s police services committee, released the figures at the December city council meeting.
“There were a little over 1,200 fewer calls for assistance during 2013 as compared with 2012,” Mundy said. “In relation to impaired driving-related offenses, we have a few less to report, in 2013 as compared to the previous year.”
She said cases of common assault were down 50 reports in 2013, which is approximately 25 per cent less than last year.
One area did show an increase while another remained unchanged.
“Reports of theft-related offenses, such as shoplifting, were up by about 8 per cent and reports of break and enter into businesses, sheds etc. were similar to 2013,” Mundy said. “In 2013, we saw a dramatic decrease in the reported cases of damage to property.”
She said there were 34 fewer cases of property damage reported in 2013 as there were in the previous year.
“This was such a decrease that we received a call from Statistics Canada to confirm that the figures were accurate,” Mundy said.
The year-end figures, however, do not include drug-related offenses.
“The chief will address the cases of drug-related offenses in his year-end report,” the councillor said. “He is still crunching the numbers.”
These statistics will be available in the annual report which will be released on budget night, March 24, at the city’s annual meeting.