Orangeville in top 15 percent of safest communities in Canada

September 24, 2018   ·   0 Comments

On Tuesday, September 11, the Orangeville Police Service presented its 2017 Annual Report to the Orangeville Police Services Board.

The Annual Report is a statistical review of the police service that highlights a variety of criminal and non-criminal categories as well as community involvement.

The report included the results of Statistics Canada’s Crime Severity Index (CSI) data. While the national crime rate increased by 1% in 2017, the overall Crime Severity Index for Orangeville decreased by 22%. The CSI for violent crimes in Orangeville decreased by 40% and by 8% for non-violent crimes. The CSI data results rank Orangeville among the top 15% of the safest communities in Canada, of the 307 municipalities included in the report.

“We are very proud of the results of the Crime Severity Index as compiled by Stats Canada. We continue to work in partnership with the community to ensure that Orangeville is a safe place to live, work and play. Our entire organization, our Communications Centre staff, Records Department staff, Court Services officers, Support Services officers, frontline officers and our Auxiliary Policing volunteers, all work very hard day in and day out to help us reach that goal,” said Chief Wayne Kalinski.

The report indicated that there was an 8% decrease in the number of calls for service in 2017 with 20,990 calls. In 2016, the police service had 22,924 calls for service.

Provincial offences in 2017 increased by 7% for Highway Traffic Act charges and Trespass to Property Act charges more than doubled with 69 charges in 2017, up from 33 charges in 2016. Liquor License Act charges decreased from 104 charges in 2016 to 77 charges in 2017.

The 2017 Annual Report is available on the OPS website

Election signs damaged

The Orangeville Police Service is once again reminding residents that damaging or removing election signs can lead to charges under the Criminal Code. This reminder follows a complaint from a candidate advising of damage to several signs.

Police remind residents that these acts are criminal offences and if caught the perpetrators will be held accountable. The deliberate destruction or unlawful removal of these signs is governed by the Criminal Code of Canada. In addition, several of these signs were located on private property. Any person entering onto private property, without colour of right, in order to attempt to commit an illegal act in relation to election signs, is also committing the offence of trespassing.

Anyone having information, with regards to acts of mischief or theft of election signs, is encouraged to call the Orangeville Police Service at 519-941-2522 or Crime Stoppers at

1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at

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