It may seem as though crime in the city has spiked in the last few weeks, but that’s not the case, police say.
However, the Brandon Police Service has ramped up its disclosure of crimes through its daily media releases as of late, which have been littered with smaller property crimes.
The hope is to get the public on board as police try to get a grip on the city’s ongoing break-and-enter problem.
According to the mapping website CrimeReports, Brandon Police Service responded to 172 calls for robberies, thefts, theft of vehicles and break and enters in the last 30 days.
“I don’t think we’re responding to any more calls for service,” Sgt. Dallas Lockhart said. Call numbers over the last few weeks have been “fairly consistent” with numbers in the past.
But “we are paying more attention to some of the smaller property crimes, such as vehicles being broken into.”
Within crime briefs sent out by the detachment each morning, there have been several reminders over the last few weeks to keep car doors locked and remove valuables from sight.
“That continues to be a problem that plagues us.”
Warmer temperatures and longer days are contributing to the problem, Lockhart added.
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