Town of Gibsons committee briefs: The Sunshine Coast RCMP presented its quarterly crime statistics for July through September to the Town of Gibsons council at its Nov. 15 committee of the whole. Here are some highlights.
Mischief to property rose to 26 offences over the three-month period, up from 11 last year and 23 the year before.
While there was just one theft of property over $5,000 file noted, there were eight theft files under $5,000 (same as last year) and 18 shoplifting files (double what it was last year).
There were 16 assault files, up from 14 in the same three-month period in 2021 and 13 the year before. This year, four of the 16 files were assault with a weapon or causing bodily harm.
Harassment cases rose to eight from six last year and seven the year before. There were two extortion files this quarter and seven utter threats.
The number of sexual offence files was down – three compared to five in the same quarter last year – and there were no sexual assault files.
There was one bike theft file and one break and enter at a business file (down from three last year) and two residential break-in files.
The number of missing persons cases dropped to three from four last year. Disturbance calls dropped to 10 compared to 27 in the same quarter last year.
Mental health flags were stable to last year at 39, same with well-being checks at 23.
The number of vehicle incidents nearly doubled to 20 from 11 in the same quarter last year. None were fatal. Impaired operation of a motor vehicle files rose to 18 from 12.
Overall, there were 18 charges laid in the quarter, down from 27 last year and 19 in 2020. Calls for service decreased to 508 from 526 in 2021 and 561 in 2020.