Stats show overall decline in Midland crime numbers

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An OPP detachment report part of the Midland Police Services Board (PSB) agenda shows an overall decline in crime during 2020.

The year-end report talks about crime numbers in various categories, showing a general decline in break and enters, thefts from cars, assault, mischief and calls for service.

The one category that saw an increase in numbers is that of motor vehicle theft, which has seen a steady incline since 2018. The numbers shared show that there were six cases for 2018, 12 cases for 2019, and 20 such cases for 2020.

The clearance rates table also shows a general decline in numbers.

In 2019, 68.8% of violent crime cases were cleared, whereas in 2020, only 58.1% were cleared. Further, in 2019, 26.2% of property crimes were cleared, but in 2020, that number saw a miniscule decline to 25.9%. In the drug crime clearance category, 87.1% of crimes were cleared, but in 2020, the number was 83.9%.

Also in the report is a mention of a mobile app called What3Words, however, there is no description about the functions and purpose of the app.

The report also mentions the 2020 - 2022 detachment action plan, but gives no details around the document.

The agenda includes a letter from the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Executive Council of Ontario Order in Council naming Midland's Diana Wasdell to the board appointed for no more than three years.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. Monday and will be held via Zoom. The meeting will not be aired on Rogers TV but can be viewed later on the town's YouTube channel.

Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,