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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

South Bruce OPP Report Sexual Assault and Drug Related Crimes on the Rise

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Detachment Commander, Inspector Krista Miller says there were 11 occurrences of sexual assault last year, compared to 7 in 2017

Sexual assault and regular assault incidents increased in 2018, compared to 2017, 

Detachment Commander, Inspector Krista Miller says there were 11 occurrences of sexual assault last year, compared to 7 in 2017 but she's not sure why the increase.

Miller says perhaps it has something to do with the #MeToo movement and victims are feeling more comfortable coming forward to lodge complaints.

Other types of assault are also up 38 per cent with 47 cases in 2018, compared to 37 in 2017.

Inpsector Miller says they've come up with one interesting fact on the assaults saying, "We did identify that there was an interesting number of assaults that happened along Queen Street in Kincardine so we're looking a little closer to see if we can take some proactive measure."

No number was given for the number assaults along Queen Street.

Miller says drug-related charges are on the rise as well, including possession and trafficking occurrences which were up 220 per cent over 2017. In actual numbers, that's 16 occurrences in 2018, compared to 5 in 2017.

She suspects the possession charges will increase because analysis shows methamphetamine and opioid issues are increasing in their catchment area.

Also the old chestunut of "Lock it or Lose it" is not getting through to everyone.

Theft over $5,000 and theft under $5,000 have increased 35 per cent and 92 per cent respectively from one year to the other.

Inspector Miller says most of the theft over charges come from stolen vehicles that were unlocked and theft under comes from goods taken from inside unlocked cars.

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