More calls for RCMP service in 2012

The Summerland RCMP detachment saw an increase in activity over the past year.

The Summerland RCMP detachment responded to 582 calls for service in the fourth quarter of 2012, up from 540 calls for service during the same period in 2011.

Throughout the year, police received 2,697 calls for service in 2012, up from 2,601 calls in 2011.

Sgt. Mona Kauffeld of the Summerland RCMP detachment said vehicle crimes and business break and enters both increased in 2012.

While the fourth quarter of the year was quiet, the number of vehicle break-ins rose by nine per cent in 2012 from 32 in 2011 to 39 in 2012.

The number of vehicle thefts increased by 73 per cent from 15 in 2011 to 26 in 2012.

Business break and enters increased by 160 per cent in 2012. Throughout the year, there were 13 business break and enters, up from five in 2011.

The number of violent crimes remained stable.

In the fourth quarter of the year, police set up 16 Counter Attack check stops in the community.

They issued six 90-day immediate roadside prohibitions, one three-day prohibition and three 24-hour prohibitions for drug use.



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