Crime in our district is on the rise, according to the Manitoba RCMP.

The RCMP has released crime stats for July 2023, where they compare the number of calls made to July 2022. The West District, which includes Portage la Prairie, is the only district to see an increase in overall calls. The West District's number of calls jumped five per cent, from 5,481 to 5,734. The East District dropped by 10 per cent, from 8,354 to 7,513, and the North District fell by four per cent, going from 6,603 to 6,321.

The West District saw a decrease in common police activity calls, dropping by five percent, from 822 to 777. Crimes Against Person calls also fell, but only by one per cent, from 1,020 to 1,014.

Crime Against Property saw a two per cent increase, jumping from 1,386 to 1,407. Drug Enforcement calls also rose two per cent, from 49 to 50.

The West District saw one more fatal motor vehicle collision this past July compared to July 2022, with three collisions compared to two. The district has seen a reduced number of serious collisions, however, dropping from 10 to eight.

The total number of Traffic Enforcement tickets issued, which combines all districts, decreased by 16 per cent, shrinking from 4,801 to 4,035.

For the full press release from the Manitoba RCMP, click here.

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