At the meeting, Staff Sgt. Cyd Gillis went through the 2016 crime stats, which showed increases in Uxbridge of crimes such as sexual assaults, weapons offenses, fraud and mischief.
“In the crimes against property, the most significant increases are frauds and identity theft, and that’s a trend that’s happening all over Canada,” Staff Sgt, Gillis explained to Councillors.
Of note, there were 11 more sexual assaults than the year before, weapons offenses rose by 17, and impaired driving cases increased by 19.
“The message is still not getting out there in regards to impaired driving,” Staff Sgt. Gillis said.
He also stated crime rates have been increasing all across the country.
“Crime had been on a decrease for a number of years, but this year there’s been an uptick. That’s not just in Uxbridge, that’s a trend that’s happening across Durham Region, Uxbridge and all of Canada,” he said.
Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy called the numbers “disturbing”, stating they show a need for an increased police presence in the Township.
“I think with numbers like this, we need more coverage up here, we need more visibility,” he said.