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Sylvan Lake Sees Small Increase In Total Reported Crimes In 2016


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By Sheldon Spackmn

A small increase in total reported crimes in Sylvan Lake so far this year.

That according to the latest figures provided to Sylvan Lake Town Council during their regular meeting this week from Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Andrew Shepherd.

Despite the increase, in breaking down the numbers, there are numerous categories where the number of reported crimes went down when comparing the first three quarters of 2015 with the first three quarters of 2016.

Among those, a decrease in crimes against people such as homicides and offences related to death, robberies, sexual assaults, other sexual offences, assaults, kidnappings, hostages and abductions, extortions and other persons crimes. Increases were seen in the number of criminal harassment and uttering threats charges.

In the broad category of property crimes, decreases were seen in break and enters, theft under $5,000, arsons and mischief to property charges. However, increases were seen in the categories of vehicle thefts, theft over $5,000, possession of stolen goods and fraud.

Total crimes against people decreased from 281 in the first three quarters of 2015 to 244 in the first three quarters of 2016, while total property crimes increased from 776 in that same time frame to 780 from January to the end of  September of this year.

There was also an increase in other criminal code violations such as offensive weapons charges, so the total amount of total reported crimes in Sylvan Lake so far this year has come in at 1,338, up from 1,323 at the same time in 2015.

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