Martensville crime stats down slightly from 2017, says RCMP

Martensville has seen a slight decline in minor property crime, assaults and traffic violations compared to the same time period last year.

But the reasons for that decline aren’t readily apparent, according to RCMP Sergeant Vaughn Allcock.

“It may be due to something as simple as the way data is entered for each reported incident,” said Allcock in a presentation to Martensville City Council’s committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, October 98. “Or it could also be due to personnel shortages. Our detachment has seen some members reassigned to other locations to work on the provincial Crime Reduction Team (CRT) initiative, and we are still waiting to fill those positions.”

The Crime Reduction  Team is an initiative funded by the provincial government which is based out of North Battleford and Prince Albert. The CRT is essentially a freer-moving extension of the RCMP whose mandate is to focus on specific crime trends in targeted areas. Allcock said the goal is to reduce crime across the province by redeploying police officers to where they’re most needed at any given time.

The CRT is currently fully-staffed, and they are seeing good results so far, said Allcock.

A new sergeant has been named for the Martensville branch office of the Warman RCMP detachment, and that officer is expected to assume  his position in early November, said Allcock.

According to the RCMP report submitted to the Martensville city council meeting, there were 15 instances of impaired driving between January 1 and October 1, 2018; compared to 17 between January 1 and October 1, 2017. There were 457 provincial traffic violations in Martensville for the first ten months of 2018, compared to 757 for the same time period in 2017.

There were seven drug trafficking and five drug possession charges laid in the first ten months of 2018, compared to eight drug trafficking and seven drug possession incidents in the first ten months of 2017.

There were 26 assault incidents in Martensville between January 1 and October 1, 2018, compared to 53 during the same period in 2017.

While minor thefts under $5,000 dropped to 60 incidents in the first ten months of 2018 from 77 in the same period in 2017; major thefts over $5,000 rose to 26 in 2018 from 17 in 2017.

The incidence of property crime is likely to be one of the topics up for discussion at several Warman-Martensville RCMP detachment public meetings slated for later this month and into early November. The meetings part of the RCMP’s annual provincial community consultations. The detachment coverage area meetings, all of which begin at 7:00 p.m., include:

* Dalmeny: Thursday, October 18 at the JJ Loewen Centre;

* Delisle: Monday, October 22 at the Delisle Town Hall;

* Radisson: Tuesday, October 23 at the Radisson Communiplex;

* Martenvsille: Tuesday, October 30 at the North Ridge Centennial Community Centre;

* Warman: Thursday, November 1 at the Brian King Centre.