Crime statis­tics for 2010

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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.

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