RCMP crime statistics for May released

Small upward trend in crime over the last month attributed to “natural rhythm” of how crime ebbs and flows throughout the year.

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The monthly policing statistics for Kitimat have been released, with a small upward trend in crime over the last month, which Staff Sergeant James McLaren attributes to the “natural rhythm” of how crime ebbs and flows throughout the year.

“Summer months tend to be busier than the spring and the winter months,” he explained.

Two sexual assaults were reported to the RCMP during the month of May. Only one was reported during April of this year.

There were three instances of aggravated assault, and five cases of assault with a weapon/assault causing bodily harm, up from one case in April. McLaren said most of those cases stemmed from a hit and run on May 19. Tyson Johnston was taken into custody on June 5 in relation to that incident.

Seven instances of common assaults were reported, up from six in April.

There was one case of business break and enter, five cases of residential break ins, 26 bylaw calls, and eight collisions.

A full list of the monthly statistics is embedded above.