Inspector Chris MacNaughton
Woe betide a driver in this county foolish enough to use a hand-held cellular device while on the road â odds are, theyâre going to get caught. Distracted driving charges went up 419 per cent last year.
Overall, crime was down in 2012 in Kings County, and it went down further last year, reports RCMP Inspector Chris MacNaughton.
She attributes this reduction to the advent of the 24-hour policing model that was formally launched last March.
âIt has been a very positive development for public safety and the impact of overall crime reduction community wide in King County,â she said.
MacNaughton termed 2013 a âremarkable year for the RCMP Kings District,â adding that she is proud of the policing partnerships the RCMP have formed and the support from local municipalities.
âThrough the analytical contributions of our crime analyst, our front line police officers, the Annapolis Valley Integrated Street Crime Unit/General Investigative Section, we work very hard to identify offenders, reduce crime and be pro-active in road safety,â she added.
This is news MacNaughton will be taking with her in the annual presentations sheâll be giving to all the municipal units in the county in the near future.
âI take a lot of pride in the fact that this is one of the safest communities in Nova Scotia,â she said.
Officers, she said, spend more time conducting intelligence than the old-fashioned foot patrols. While policing models have changed, she believes the front line officers are working effectively in a strategy-minded, task oriented fashion.
Due to the overall reduction in crime, MacNaughton added, check stops have increased by 13 per cent, impaired driving charges went up by 13.7 per cent and illegal drug charges resulting from traffic stops increased by 87.5 per cent last year.
While the calls to the three police detachment across the county also went up, the inspector said she thinks the message of greater enforcement is out in the community.
âWe feel weâre doing all the right things,â she noted. âThere are many opportunities for community policing through seniors safety, school liaison and even road checks.â
Arson, robbery, assaults and thefts under $5,000 were all down in 2013.
Due to the work of the crime analyst, MacNaughton said, officers are conducting curfew checks that are keeping prolific offenders off the streets.
She added that she looks forward to working with a new student advisory council and other partners to roll out future initiatives.
Crime reduction successes:
â˘ Kings District overall calls for service decreased by seven per cent
â˘ Property crimes overall decreased by 13 per cent
â˘ Business break and enters decreased by 35 per cent
â˘ Residence break and enters decreased by 27 per cent
â˘ Cottage/seasonal break and enters decreased by 70 per cent
â˘ Other break and enters decreased by 51 per cent
â˘ Mischief charges decreased by 18 per cent