Drayton Valley RCMP 2017 statistics show large increase in property crimes

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
January 16, 2018 - 8:07am

New statistics from the Drayton Valley RCMP detachment show an uptick in crime levels across the board in 2017.

The year end reports shows that the biggest offender was property crime, with the highest number of break & enters, theft of motor vehicle and fraud recorded in 2017 than in the past five years. Theft under $5,000 also shot up, going from 271 counts in 2016 to 360 in 2017. 

All together property crime climbed to its highest level since 2014, with 945 recorded incidents. Only 2014 had a larger amount of cases in the past five years with 960. 

In total there were 1,462 criminal code crimes, the highest since 2014 and the third highest amount in the past five years.

Possession of drugs charges almost eclipsed the highest level seen in the past five years with 48 files.

Disturbing the peace violations climbed to levels not seen since 2014 last year, more than doubling from 2016 numbers. 

Some categories did a see a decrease in 2017, with speeding violation charges plummeting last year going from 129 in 2016 to just 22 in 2017. 

The statistics will be presented to Drayton Valley Town Council’s regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday.

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