Crime statistics for 2010
The Sureté du Québec of the Memphremagog MRC carried out 70 fewer interventions on their territory in 2010 than they did in 2009 when they intervened in 296 situations. Those interventions were most often in response to family fights, noise complaints, trouble in public places and calls for assistance.
The most significant drop in crime was in crimes against property with the number dropping from 461, in 2009, to 364 in 2010. “We put a lot of effort into our investigations and we made some arrests. When pressure like this is put on the criminals there is often a decrease,” commented Lt. Yanic Ferland, the director of the Memphremagog MRC post.
Road accidents for the last year were 294 in number, 2 less than in 2009. Unfortunately, more of them involved people getting hurt rather than only material damages.
“The number one cause of collisions are animals on the roads, mostly deer, and excessive speed or dangerous driving,” said Lt. Ferland. Drivers also need to adapt their driving habits better during the winter when there are a lot more accidents. There were 23 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol in 2010.
There was a significant increase in crimes against persons in the MRC, with the number rising to 129 in 2010. The biggest increase in this type of crime came from the towns of Stanstead and Ayer’s Cliff and were related to what appears to be some recurrent quarrels involving the same individuals.
What is becoming a real problem for the police is the amount of false alarms that they must respond to. “We responded to 3,804 alarms in 2010, 150 more than the previous year, and 382 more than the average of the last four years,” said the Lieutenant. Of the 3,804 alarms responded to, 1089 of them were false. “This is a problem because we spend a lot of time responding to the alarms.” Citizens and businesses who have installed alarms need to make sure that the alarms are working properly. There is a fine of $250 for a second false alarm at the same address.
There were 43 drug files in 2010, 16 more than in 2009. These were related mainly to cannabis with a few related to cocaine, such as the bust in Stanstead last week.
Citizens are encouraged to check out the Sureté du Québec’s website which contains useful crime prevention tips for people of all ages. There is also a regularly updated section of the website which deals with ‘urban legends’.
“What’s important to remember is that public safety is a shared responsibility. Often people have information but are reluctant to get involved, but this information can be very precious and help us out a lot. It takes teamwork,” concluded Lt. Ferland.
Anyone with information concerning a crime who wishes to stay anonymous can call the Infocrime hotline at 1-800711-1800.