SQ report shows crime doing down
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.