Crime is down in Moose Jaw, except where it’s up.
The statistical extracts released by the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) at monthly Board of Police Commissioners meetings have been telling this story for most of the year.
There are still a couple of isolated trouble spots, but as 2013 draws to a close, the city’s crime states are down in almost every category compared to 2012 statistics.
Not to jinx the trend, but this looks to be at least the second year in a row Moose Jaw has gone without a homicide. There’s even on less attempted murder than last year.
Numbers in all assault categories (sexual assaults, common assaults, assaults with a weapon and assaulting police) have gone down since last year with the exception of aggravated assaults and resisting arrest.
There have been five assaults in 2013 compared to three in 2012.
The Times-Herald has made a concerted effort to cover all aggravated assaults from arrest through the judicial process.
Aggravated assaults in this city, from what we’ve seen, are not random attacks. They usually involve complicated relationships between the victim and assailant. Often they involve alcohol.
There has been one more incident of resisting arrest than there was at this time in 2012.
The number of domestic disputes has dropped 12.7 per cent, but 289 domestic disputes in one year is still too many.
Total crimes against the person are down 23.2 per cent from 2012.
There will always be more crimes against property than crimes against people. Three out of nine crimes against property categories have seen increases. Break and enters classified as “other” involve vacant businesses, garages and vehicles. Incidents of other break and enters have nearly doubled in 2013 compared to last year.
There have been 15 more motor vehicle thefts than in 2012, bringing this year’s total to 83.
Moose Jaw has also had three more arsons in 2013 than at the same time last year.
So, while crimes against property have decreased 15.7 per cent this year, other break and enters, theft of motor vehicles and arsons have risen.
Criminal Code violations relating to impaired driving and drugs are also down 15.9 and 24.3 per cent respectively.
The only two other categories to have seen a rise this year were motor vehicle accidents over $1,000 and missing persons.
Moose Jaw had 112 missing persons so far this year and 335 collisions with damage over $1,000.
The Times-Herald works with police to get out necessary information about missing persons when the situation comes up.
We’ve known for a long time about Moose Jaw’s driving problem.
Blame the roads all you want, but in a city this size, when there are almost as many car accidents as days of the year, it boils down to bad driving.
Members of the MJPS have told the Times-Herald several times that the most effective approach to policing is prevention. That appears to be working.
We’ve highlighted the trouble spots because we know the strength and passion of the people in this community. We know the pride Moose Javians have for their city will motivate them to make it an even safer place to live.
All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.