THUNDER BAY – The silver lining in the winter weather and the freezing rain is that it kept crime down over the past twenty four hours. From the look of this morning’s report, even drivers took extra care as there were only eight calls for service over the past twenty-four hours. Even Quality of Life calls were down with only 14 calls for service to police.
Silver lining to weather – Crime on a hiatus
There were 13 Alcohol related calls for service handled by officers. Alcohol issues continue to fuel the crime scene in the city.
There were also two sexual assault cases, and five assault cases over the past twenty four hour period.
For the same time frame last week, police were called 138 times. This period, there were 39 calls for service.
Officers were out, as usual in the Downtown cores on foot patrol. In the downtown Fort William business core, after the homicide, the officers on the street engaging with citizens and business owners was very welcome. The two officers assigned to that duty are both liked and respected by local residents. Likely with the new policing strategy in place and officers on more regular assignments in neighbourhoods, people are going to get to know the local officers. That will be a plus for residents, and especially business owners.
The big story today is likely to be the weather. Roads in the region, especially outside the city are icy and driving on them will require extra caution.
Like they used to say on Hill Street Blues – ‘Be careful out there’!