Heat wave fuels crime wave
As the thermometer rises, so does the crime rate. Hot, humid weather can influence criminal activity, Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Simon Hardy told North Glengarry council recently.
“In the Summer it does tend to pick up and we increase our calls,” said Sgt. Hardy, presenting numbers for May 8 to August 8.
In those three months North Glengarry OPP responded to 735 incidents.
Heat, increased alcohol consumption are factors and more pedestrians on the streets are all factors.
“Assaults do generally increase,” he added, relating that police investigated 18 assaults and two sexual assaults during the May 8-August 8 period.
“Mischiefs do tend to increase in the Summer months,” said Sgt. Hardy. Officers responded to 12 such cases during the three-month period.
Some 33 thefts were reported. Many were drive-offs, or “gas and dash” scenarios, where motorists stop for gas and vamoose without paying.
Police investigated seven break-ins for the period.
On Highway 417, the local detachment received 110 calls for service.
Four motorists were charged with impaired driving. The OPP conducted nine Reduced Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) programs in the township.
“Motor vehicle collisions have stayed somewhat consistent,” related Sgt. Hardy.
Police investigated 28 accidents in the three-month period.
Summer also means many community events, such as the Glengarry Highland Games. He said he was pleased more people “learned to keep their open alcohol on the fairgrounds” and there were “a minimum” of incidents.
Sgt. Hardy has noticed more people have reduced their speeds “somewhat” on Main Street in Alexandria since the limit dropped from 50 to 40 kph in the downtown section. “It does appear traffic is slowing down,” he told council, who had been concerned about safety on the main thoroughfare, and also wanted to discourage truck traffic from
using the road.
For Island Park, nobody has been charged yet in connection with vandalism on Firemen’s Island.
The SDG OPP detachment has a new commander with Staff Sgt. Michael Mulhearn now taking the helm after being promoted to Inspector. He replaces Insp. Brendan MacDonald, who is now the manager of business and finance for OPP Eastern
Regional Headquarters in Smiths Falls.
“It’s a privilege for me to continue serving the communities of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry,” said Insp. Mulhearn.
Staff Sgt. Cary Churchill from Winchester has returned to SDG to replace Insp. Mulhearn. Sgt. Churchill spent the early years of his career in SDG.
Insp. Mulhearn started his career with the OPP 29 years ago, and has served mainly in SDG. After joining the force in 1987, he was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and to Staff Sgt. in 2012. He also previously served as acting commander of the Hawkesbury detachment.