SUNDRE - Council members were recently updated on the local RCMP detachment's second quarter crime trend statistics, from April 1 to June 30.
“The detachment commander reported that they are fully staffed and doing well,” said Linda Nelson, the town's chief administrative officer.
“There are a total of eight officers that are currently living in town. And from the RCMP perspective, Sundre is very quiet.”
While violent crimes such as homicide and robbery remain flat-lined at zero since 2017 second quarter stats, instances of assault over that period of time have fluctuated from 14 in 2017, six in 2018, 10 in 2019, up to 14 this year. Criminal harassment is down to two after peaking at five in 2018, while uttering threats have increased to six after back-to-back lows of three in 2018 and 2019.
Property crimes recorded a decline in cases of breaking and entering, down to one from three this time last year. Motor vehicle thefts were down to three from five last year, and four the two years prior.
Instances of theft under $5,000 remained the same as last year at five, which was a significant drop from 11 in 2018 and 16 in 2017. Possession of stolen goods jumped substantially, from two in 2019 to six this year. Fraud has been somewhat stable, with nine cases recorded in 2020, compared with 10 in 2019, four in 2018 and 12 in 2017.
In other Criminal Code offences, disturbing the peace jumped up to 12 this year from four in both 2019 and 2018, which at the time had dropped from nine in 2017. Failure to comply with conditions was down to four after peaks of 12 last year and 14 in 2018. There were also three reports of offensive weapons, compared with none this time last year, and two in 2018.
Council unanimously carried a motion accepting the report for information.