Creighton police tout lower June crime statistics

Police in Creighton have seen certain issues ebb and flow, but the overall numbers for crime declined earlier this summer.

Creighton RCMP Sgt. Sean McPhee spoke with members of Creighton town council during the group’s July 24 meeting, giving councillors an update on the detachment’s activity in June. Overall, the detachment received 87 calls in June - a far cry from the 192 calls received in June 2018.

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“It was a good month again. All over the area, I think we had a 50 per cent reduction from the previous year in stats, so we were doing well,”said McPhee.

The typical assortment of mischief offences, assaults and sundry property crimes were reported, but McPhee mentioned an uptick in reports of scam phone calls being reported, including calls from scammers impersonating the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

“I’m hoping that no one’s falling for those anymore. I haven’t heard anybody lost money but you never know,”he said.

Domestic issues have seen an uptick as well, including some complaints between married people or people in relationships that later prove to be unfounded. When it comes to a he-said-she-said situation with no evidence or possible ulterior motives, McPhee said officers will stay away.

“We’ve got lots issues now with customers and breakups and divorces and they’re trying to get the police involved with their issues for court reasons. We don’t get involved in those.”

Any habitual offenders in Creighton were gone for most of June, but some have returned in July - along with returns to criminal ways. McPhee hinted that offences may have increased in July, but did not provide exact figures.

“Everyone was pretty much gone through the month. This month, we’re going to see an increase in numbers there and it’s because we’ve got people coming back,”he said, adding that remands and curfew checks for known offenders will increase in response.

“We’ll of course do more checks.”

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