As the community continues to grow, serious crime rates are rising

There were 2,225 calls for service in April, the highest number of SSPS in April since before the pandemic, and 121 more than April last year

As the community of South Simcoe grows, so does the crime rate.

That’s the message Deputy Chief of South Simcoe Services (SSPS), John Van Dyke, noted at the Service’s monthly board meeting this week.

April saw three major SSPS investigations with the first homicide in several years, a shooting in Bradford and a fatal collision with a motor vehicle in Innisfil.

On April 15, kayakers saw a barrel in the channel south of Bradford with a body inside. SSPS was able to identify the body of Mojtaba Shabani, 37, from the Toronto area.

“He is originally from Iran and moved here in 2010,” Van Dyke said. “To date, we have not been able to locate any of his relatives in Iran. The investigation was difficult because he appeared to be a person who had no family in Canada. He was never reported missing. Leads have emerged that he was part of the LGBTQ2S+ community and our investigators are trying to piece together his life and are now working with that community.

The investigation is active and ongoing and SSPS is asking anyone with information to come forward to assist.

At 1 a.m. on April 29, the SSPS received “numerous” calls about shots fired in the street at Simcoe Road and Center Street. The area was flooded with officers, but the parties involved fled before they were apprehended.

“All the parties were gone when they arrived,” Van Dyke said. “We located a number of casings in the street. This investigation is ongoing. It’s basically what you read in the city; it was basically a shooting in the street. As our communities grow, we begin to see an increase in serious crime.

The fatal motor vehicle collision happened on April 17, when a 53-year-old man riding an ATV collided with a utility pole. The death “appears to be an incident of driver error,” Van Dyke said.

There were 2,225 calls for service in April, the highest number of SSPS in April since before the pandemic, and 121 more than in April of last year. The annual total is now 8,167 service calls in 2022.

Innisfil received 52.3% of calls in April and Bradford received 47.6% of calls for the month. There were 1,394 reactive service calls and 831 proactive service calls (37.35% of the total event volume).

“That number (proactive calls) is starting to climb,” Van Dyke said. “As the board knows, we were down about 20% at one point when we had major staffing issues. We’ve been hiring people lately and our numbers are growing, so we have more time for proactive enforcement.

There has been an increase in impaired driving (100 so far this year, compared to 224 for all of 2020 and 266 for all of 2021), domestic disputes and LCBO robberies this year .

“(LCBO thefts) are a common trend across the province,” Van Dyke said. “We are doing our best to address these issues, but there is definitely organized crime involved in this as there is a large market for alcohol resale.”

There were 73 motor vehicle collisions in April, a downward trend as the weather warms, including one fatal.

During the month, there were three sexual assaults to bring the total for the year to 24.

There were a total of 44 COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team) crisis incidents. Thirteen of these incidents led to apprehensions where the COAST officer had to take the citizen to the hospital.

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