Laurentian Hills “very, very safe”: OPP

by Vance Gutzman

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have been taking a new approach, as of late, to the manner in which they ensure the safety of the communities they serve.

That was the message delivered to Laurentian Hills council last week from Inspector Stephan Neufeld, the OPP’s Upper Ottawa Valley (OUV) detachment commander.

Neufeld’s in-depth presentation to council included a 2018 calls for service billing summary for Laurentian Hills.

Among those highlights, there were 14 violent criminal code calls last year, down from 20 in 2017.

“The good news is that’s a low number compared to other communities,” Neufeld said, adding there have been no violent criminal code calls to date in Laurentian Hills for 2019.

Property crime violations in the municipality, however, rose relatively dramatically, with 25 such calls in 2018 compared to nine the previous year.

“That’s not good,” the detachment commander said, adding though that Laurentian Hills is still a “very, very safe community to live in”.

“It’s probably one of the safest communities to live in in Renfrew County,” Neufeld said.

In terms of officer activity for the entire detachment, Neufeld noted that the number of charges laid against motorists for not wearing seatbelts increased by 25 percent from 2017 to 2018 with 201 such charges laid last year.

“Why that’s still an issue in any community is beyond me,” he noted.

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