Break, enter and thefts are up significantly in North Bay.

Year to year figures from the police show 32 break-ins took place in November compared to 20 for the same time a year ago.

But the larger figure is year to date numbers which show that up to the end of November of 2019 police responded to 416 break-ins.

That’s a rise of 60 percent when 249 break-ins took place by the end of November during 2018.

Police Chief Scott Tod says it’s a large number and a big increase from the year before.

Asked what’s fueling the increase and Tod says the department believes some of the break-ins are drug-related.

“We assume it’s drug-related and I believe it’s true,” Tod said.

People break into homes, steal what they can as quickly as they can and then sell the goods to feed their addictions.

But Tod also notes that often times nothing is stolen during the break-ins.

Tod also says the number of break-ins the police have solved to date is 16 percent.

Asked during the police board meeting where the figure was released if the same people could be behind some of the criminal activity, Tod said it was difficult to say.

Break, enter and thefts aren’t the only area that saw a huge rise.

The number of stolen vehicles is up 70 percent in year-to-date figures.

Up to the end of November, 81 vehicles had been reported stolen in North Bay compared to 47 for 2018.

During November 2019 five vehicles were stolen while only two were stolen during November 2018.

Thefts under $5,000 also rose for the year.

To the end of November, 1,228 thefts had taken place compared to 1,081 for up to the same time during 2018.

Police laid fewer drug charges in November 2019.

There were five charges laid compared to 9 for the same time a year ago.

For year-over-year to the end of November, 83 charges were laid in 2019 which is less than the 117 charges laid during 2018.