By Barrhaven Independent Staff
Ottawa Police say crime was up drastically in Barrhaven ward in 2021.
A new report on the City of Ottawa’s crime trends, which will be released at the Ottawa Police Service Board meeting on Monday, June 27, shows crime in the community was up 20.7 per cent last year.
In Ottawa demand for service rose seven per cent in 2021, meaning a total of 357,000 requests for service came in to Ottawa Police.
The level of crime reported in Ottawa climbed by eight per cent last year, meaning the city saw 36,260 reported Criminal Code of Canada offences, which exclude traffic offences.
Violent crimes such as assaults, sexual violations and threats, rose by seven per cent in 2021. A total of 891 sexual violations were reported.
Mental health incidents reported to police went up by 17 per cent, with 8,000 incidents responded to last year.
For property-related offences, they jumped by five per cent last year. Much of those were thefts which were also on the rise.
Recently Barrhaven has been reporting multiple vehicle thefts and break ins, with many community members sharing their experiences on the Barrhaven Bulletin Board Facebook page.
Barrhaven residents have reported car break ins on MountShannon Drive, Claridge near Beatrice, Burnett’s Grove, Hornchurch Lane, and near Adrienne Clarkson School, among other areas.
In 2021 Ottawa reported 14 homicides, 80 per cent of which have been solved. That included the homicide which took place on Sherway Drive in Barrhaven last year, which took the life of 64-year-old Linda Frederick. Her step son, 39-year-old Conor Donnelly, has been accused of stabbing her to death.
Ottawa Police also recorded a record-breaking 82 shootings, and 80 crime guns were seized to address street violence in the capital.
While Barrhaven ward reported the biggest crime jump, Innes ward saw an 8.8 per cent decrease.
The full report will be presented on Monday. Crime reported in the city cost Ottawa Police $343.9 million.