Heat wave fu­els crime wave

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY AN­GELA BROWN News Staff

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.

New com­man­der

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.

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