Cornwall crime up 6% in 2019

Cornwall Police Chief Danny Aikman speaks to the police board on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 at the Cornwall Civic Complex. The city saw a six per cent increase in crime in 2019. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Assaults on police, aggravated assault and harassment fueled 2019 to a 11 per cent increase in violent crime and a six per cent increase in overall crime in Cornwall.

Police Chief Danny Aikman shared the Cornwall Police Service annual report with the police board Thursday morning.

In addition to 11 per cent jump in violent crime (1,181-2019, 1,064-2018), other crimes also had a double-digit increase of 13 per cent (1,387-2019, 1,227-2018).

Those other crimes included almost 10 per cent jumps in domestic disturbances and suspicious people. The number of indecent acts doubled year over year (28 versus 14 in 2018).

On the flip side, drug violations were down 38 per cent, property crime was less than a one per cent increase and youth crimes were down 16 per cent.

Aikman noted that there was a “significant increase” in Provincial Offences Act tickets handed out. There were 2,426 last year compared to 1,633 in 2018.

There were also more arrests – 1,846 last year compared to 1,718 in 2018 and more charges laid.

Aikman noted that the annual report should have been out this summer but due to COVID-19 it had been delayed. He hopes this year’s report will be out in the first quarter of 2021.

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