Calls for service on the rise: West Shore RCMP

Number of calls increased by five per cent compared to previous year

The West Shore RCMP saw an increase in the number of calls for service last year.

According to the RCMP’s annual report, the local detachment responded to 3,295 calls for service in the western communities, as well as the Esquimalt and Songhees nations in 2017 – a five per cent increase compared to 2016.

The District of Highlands saw the largest increase in calls with 346 compared to 322 in 2016, followed by a six per cent increase in both Langford and View Royal.

Colwood saw a two per cent increase in calls, while Metchosin saw a minimal one per cent increase. The Esquimalt and Songhees nations saw a six and two per cent decrease, respectively.

RELATED: Man arrested, charged in connection with stabbing at Langford Lanes

Of those calls on the West Shore, traffic incidents such as speeding, erratic and dangerous driving and road rage reports, were the most prevalent, followed by assists to police, fire and ambulance, thefts and property-related offences.

Police issued 2,060 tickets, many of which were issued for speeding, as well as 142 tickets for distracted driving.

The number of crimes against other people have also increased by nine per cent. There were 534 crimes against persons in 2017, compared to 492 in 2016. Of those 534 offences, 43 per cent were assaults, followed by uttering threats (18 per cent), harassment (10 per cent), sexual assault (seven per cent) and assault with a weapon (six per cent). There was also a minor one per cent increase in violations regarding controlled drugs and substances, most of which were in relation to the possession of marijuana.

Some types of offences have decreased. Property crime, including thefts from vehicles, mischief, shoplifting and bike thefts, dropped by seven per cent last year compared to the previous year.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

kendra.wong@gold

streamgazette.com

Just Posted

Cycslists were all smiles during ninth Tour de Victoria

More than 2,100 cyclists participated

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after Const. Beckett’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Police investigating incident in Saanich neighbourhood

Neighbours tell Black Press Media that a body has been found, but police remain tight-lipped.

Langford lizard sighting excites Victoria museum curator

Curator of vertebrate zoology/knowledge explains the spread of the Wall lizard in the region

Colwood man takes on Ride to Conquer Cancer for 11th year in a row

Team Finn has raised almost $3 million for BC Cancer Foundation

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Toronto activist calling on federal parties to nominate more black candidates

Fewer than 20 black Canadians have been nominated so far, including some Liberal MPs seeking re-election

Most Read