Vehicle thefts, other thefts and mischief to property increased in Summerland in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same time period in 2021, but there were fewer assaults.
The RCMP first quarter policing statistics for the community showed a total of 635 calls for service during the first three months of this year. This is the same as during the same period a year earlier.
Violent crimes decreased while property crimes increased.
Police recorded six cases of assault, down from 13 in the same period a year ago.
At the same time, property crimes increased in Summerland.
There were 10 vehicle thefts reported in the first three months of 2022, up from three during the same time period in 2021. Three residential break and enters were reported, up from one in the same time frame in 2021.
Not all of these thefts were successful, said Sgt. Dave Preston of the Summerland RCMP detachment. In two cases, keys were left inside the vehicles. In other cases, vehicles were taken by a friend or family member without consent. All vehicles have been recovered.
Mischief to property cases more than doubled, with 42 reported from January to March of this year, up from 20 in the same time a year earlier. A number of these mischief incidents were the result of Telus lines being cut.
Other thefts also increased noticeably, with 19 cases reported, compared to six in the first quarter of 2021. Five of these cases were liquor-related, Preston said.
Thefts from vehicles decreased, with 12 reported in the first three months of this year, down from 20 in the first three months of last year.
Rising crime statistics have been an ongoing concern at the Summerland RCMP detachment.
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