Kenora OPP are seeing an increase in property crime. By the end of December, officers had seen 475 cases of theft under $5,000, up 42 per cent from last year, when they saw 334.
The detachment is already adding more patrols downtown, as they look at the influence of drugs on local crime. During December's police service board meeting, the detachment commander noted statistics for 2018 are down from 2017, when the police service started to see methamphetamine in the area.
Police add they're having success reducing calls for service related to at-risk youth and addictions. According to statistics released by the detachment, one teen accounted for 66 calls for service in a year, but with the help of staff from community partners, the number related to the teen was reduced to 15 calls in a year.