Property-related crimes have been on the rise in Barrhead this year.
Barrhead RCMP Staff Sgt. Bob Dodds outlined the detachment’s quarterly report on crime statistics to Barrhead County Council last week and said the numbers aren’t as positive this time around.
539 Criminal Code offences have been reported to Barrhead RCMP this year, which is a 17 percent increase from 2018.
The number of reported thefts under $5000 has reached its second-highest level in 6 years, with 119 thefts under $5,000 being reported so far in 2019. That number is a 21 percent increase from last year, while thefts over $5000 remain roughly the same this year.
Mischief to property charges is also up, with 50 cases this year compared to 39 last year. The number of possession of stolen item charges increased from 15 offences in 2018 to 27 charges this year, and the number of break-and-enters this year rose from 55 so far from 50 last year.
The only crime that has really seen a decrease so far in 2019 is motor vehicle thefts, which have dropped to 26 cases from 38 last year.
Sgt. Dodds noted that some property crimes are not being committed by locals but from people coming from other areas of the province and passing through.