New Winnipeg crime stats show thefts down, drunk driving up
Winnipeg Chief of Police Devon Clunis to present data to police board on Friday
New crime stats for 2013 suggest Winnipeg is becoming slightly safer — with decreases in robberies, assaults and thefts.
Year-end data from Winnipeg police is now compiled and shows even homicides were down last year, with five fewer than in 2012.
Deputy Chief Dave Thorne said the cold weather may play a role in the trend, but it's also because people in the community are working with police.
"I want to make it very clear that we share that with our partners ranging from the service agencies to NGO's to the community groups even to the individual citizens that have chosen to take it upon themselves to play a role in public safety," he said.
But it wasn’t all good news. Charges for drug possession are up, as well as charges for fraud and impaired driving.
Assaults against police officers also spiked. There were 15 per cent more assaults on officers in 2013 than there were in 2012. In fact, numbers were 15 per cent higher than the average over the last five years.