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Domestic violence numbers high despite low population

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Domestic violence numbers high despite low population

Domestic violence numbers are up in Wood Buffalo even with a decrease in population.

RCMP Superintendant Lorna Dicks presented their quarterly report to council Tuesday night.

She says most crime numbers are down across the board when comparing the last quarter of 2016 to 2015.

However, Dicks tells Mix News one number that does concern her is the amount of domestic dispute calls.

“Our domestic violence stats have not decreased as much as our population has or our call load, so those are a huge concern for me, says Dicks. “It’s well known that after any major disaster or stress on a community those events tend to go up and I think that’s what we’re seeing in this community.”

Dicks says while property crimes like breaking and entering were down, vehicle thefts didn’t drop.

Dicks notes since those numbers stayed high year over year in both rural and urban areas, she’s selected a team to look into the high amount of vehicle thefts.

“The first priority is to identify what is being stolen the most, and then look at the locations and look at a plan to combat that.”

Dicks adds there’s also been a large amount of off-highway vehicles reported stolen.

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