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Posted September 5, 2017

Violent and property crimes were down 11.8 and 18.3 per cent respectively in the first half of 2017 over the same period last year, according to Nottawasaga OPP's June monthly summary report to the police services board.

Between January 1 and June 30, there were 149 reported violent crimes, down from 169 over the same period in 2016. There were 374 reported crimes against property, down from 458.

Drug related crimes were the only uptick, climbing 30.2 per cent. There were 41 possession charges, up from 30, while trafficking climbed 15.4 per cent.

The number of "unfounded" reports dropped from 127 during the same period last year, to 63, a decline of 50.4 per cent.

There were 500 motor vehicle collisions in the first six months, down from 526 or 4.9 per cent of those, personal injuries were down 12.2 per cent, and a 3.4 per cent drop in property damage.

Traffic related charges were down across the board. There were 1,899 speeding charges, down from 2,358 or 48.1 per cent drop; 28 distracted driving charges, a 48.1 per cent decrease; 57 impaired driving charges, down 38.7 per cent; and 38 seat belt infractions, down 19.1 per cent.

The OPP's July report kicking off the second half, shows the same downward trend including a 29.4 per cent decline in violent crimes reported over the same month last year; a 51.4 per cent drop in property crime; and an 80 per cent decrease in drug crimes.

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by Tony Veltri