SQ re­port shows crime do­ing down

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

The Sureté du Que­bec of the Estrie dis­trict re­cently re­leased its an­nual re­port and both crime and road ac­ci­dents are con­tin­u­ing to de­crease in the Estrie re­gion.

Fa­tal ve­hi­cle col­li­sions de­creased by 34.4% al­though there was a slight in­crease of .9% in ve­hi­cle

col­li­sions with in­juries. Of the 4,917 col­li­sions in the 2012 – 2013 time pe­riod, 22% were caused by an­i­mals on the road, 14% by inat­ten­tion, and 13% by speed­ing or danger­ous driv­ing. Ve­hi­cle stops by po­lice in­creased by 29.4%. Col­li­sions with only ma­te­rial dam­age also went from 4,344 in 2010-2011 to 3,848 in 2012 – 2013.

The po­lice are hand­ing out more tick­ets, go­ing from 18,088 provin­cial tick­ets in 2010-2011 to 24,983 in 2012 – 2013. Drunk driv­ing ar­rests re­mained al­most the same: 490 in 2010-2011, 447 in 20112012, and 489 in 2012 – 2013. The num­ber of cars be­ing sent for in­spec­tion has in­creased by about 20% each year.

Four aware­ness cam­paigns took place over the last year: the dan­ger of cell­phone use while driv­ing; shar­ing the road with heavy equip­ment; wear­ing seat­belts; and driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

When it comes to crime, there was a de­crease of 8.4% be­tween the last year and the aver­age of the two pre­vi­ous years, go­ing from 7,809 to 7,155. Crimes against the per­son went down by 1.8% and crimes against prop­erty, which in­cluded ar­son, break­ing and en­ter­ing, theft, car theft, and fraud, went down by 9.6%. Il­le­gal drug crimes de­creased from 842, in 2010-2011, to 603 in 2011-2012.

When it comes to solv­ing crimes, that per­cent­age has re­mained sta­ble at around 53%: 90.8% for crimes against the per­son, and 24.3% for crimes against prop­erty.

The SQ Estrie dis­trict serves 111 of 118 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in eight Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­ties: Brome-Mis­sisquoi, Haute Ya­maska, Coat­i­cook, Haut St. Fran­cois, Granit, Val St. Fran­cois, des Sources and Mem­phrem­a­gog. It has a work­force of 326 po­lice of­fi­cers and 73 civil em­ploy­ees.

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