Keremeos crime trend continues downward trend

During the fourth quarter of 2010, Keremeos RCMP responded to 253 calls for service, compared to 343 calls in the fourth quarter of 2009. This corresponds to a decrease of 26 per cent.

The Keremeos detachment responded to a total of 1281 calls in 2010, compared with 1665 calls in 2009, a decrease of 23 per cent.

It was “cause disturbance” complaints showing the most marked decrease, down 60 per cent, mainly due to an abnormally high number of cause disturbance complaints received in the second and third quarters of 2009.

Break and enter reports were 11 per cent lower in 2010 than the previous year, driven by a steep decline in break and enters.

Mischief complaints and theft from vehicles were stable, within five per cent of the the previous year’s numbers.

The Keremeos detachment investigated eight founded drug offenses in the fourth quarter of 2010. Two were related to cocaine trafficking, while one was related to unspecified drug trafficking. Two files related to marijuana production were also investigated, one being a 150 plant outdoor grow op near Green Mountain Road on Highway 3A.

No charges have yet been laid against suspects in production and trafficking files in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Between October and December 2010, Keremeos RCMP charged one driver with impaired driving under the Criminal Code, and two drivers were given 24 hour suspensions.

One driver was given a 90 day Immediate Roadside Suspension and one driver was given a 72  hour suspension under the new impaired driving legislation, implemented on September 20, 2010.

Weekend patrols involving Citizens on Patrol continue to be a presence in Keremeos neighbourhoods.

There are no individuals in the Keremeos detachment area matching the criteria for chronic nuisance  offender at this time.

Crime Stoppers received one tip related to events in Keremeos and area during the fourth quarter.

The DARE program continues to be a tool for connecting with youth for the Keremeos detachment, members of which continue to be actively involved with Keremeos’ Education on Substance Abuse Committee. A detachment member currently volunteers at The Crossing Drug Treatment Centre as a weight training coach.

– RCMP report