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NEWS: Nunavut August 13, 2012 - 4:53 am

Alcohol-fueled offenses increase in Cambridge Bay: RCMP

Stats show numbers for 2012 are up from 2011

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Calls to police for assistance have risen in Cambridge Bay — and particularly calls for help in which alcohol plays a role.

Recent crime statistics from the RCMP in Cambridge Bay show that for June 2011 there were 71 calls in which alcohol was involved, but police received 85 calls in which alcohol was involved this past May and 91 calls in June 2012.

The number of liquor act offenses, such as public drunkenness, also increased, from two in June 2011 to five in May 2012 and 10 in June 2012.

Numbers of property thefts and break and enters were also higher in May and June 2012 than for June 2011.

Overall, police in Cambridge Bay received a total of 200 calls for help in this past June and 195 in May. That’s also an increase over this same period in 2011.

These numbers for May and June 2012 are nearly twice as high as the numbers of calls police receive over the Christmas holiday period in Cambridge Bay when bringing alcohol into the community is banned.

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