Crime Against Property
What are we tracking?
The Brandon Police Service records all crimes against property. These include arson, break and enters, thefts, possession of stolen property, fraud, identity theft, identity fraud and mischief to property.
How are we measuring this?
These offences are recorded in our records management system called PROS (Police Reporting Occurrence System). These incidents are compiled into a report on a monthly basis. (Note: These numbers are based on the total number of calls received, not the number of charges laid.)
What progress are we making?
In 2017, the total number of calls the Brandon Police Service received pertaining to property crimes was 2820.
As of September 30th, 2018, the Brandon Police Service has received 2803 of these types of calls. Compared to this period in 2017, the City of Brandon has seen a 20.56% increase in property related crimes.
Projections based on these numbers imply that by the end of 2018, the City of Brandon could see a significant 18.36% spike in property offences.
The Brandon Police Service Executive utilizes this information as part of intelligence-led policing initiatives. When spikes in property crime are identified, the most suitable strategies are developed, including education and suppression techniques. One of the largest driver in this category is the significant increase of Crystal Methamphetamine use.
Thefts from vehicles are a prime example of property-related offences that have seen a recent surge in calls to the Brandon Police Service. As a result, a timely media strategy was created to provide citizens of Brandon with this information to make them aware of the need to lock their vehicles and remove all valuables.
This media strategy was implemented alongside a suppression tactic that involved a number of different operational directives. These directives included:
• Enhanced patrols in high-target areas
• Covert surveillance (of persons of interest)
• Other Police initiatives (that will not be disclosed for operational security reasons)