The Portage la Prairie RCMP has released its crime stats for March of 2022.

According to police, the Manitoba west division, which includes Portage la Prairie has seen a decrease in all main crime categories compared to March of 2021, falling from 4,596 to 3,872.

Common police activities fell nearly 19 per cent, from 569 to 459. Wellness checks, however, did see a slight increase from 67 to 83. 

Crimes against the person went down from 381 to 346, with the most notable difference being a 15 per cent decrease in assaults, which went from 232 to 198.

Crimes against property barely saw a decrease, going from 550 to just 547. Theft under $5,000 increased by 21 per cent and fraud increased by 11 per cent, but this was offset by a decrease in other categories, most notably theft over $5,000, which decreased by 31 per cent.

Drug enforcement saw a decrease of 45 per cent, with trafficking down 60 per cent, dropping from 42 to 17.

For the full crime stat report for March of 2022, click here.