Criticism mounts as Halifax police fail to track drink-tampering incidents

Halifax Regional Police are facing criticism for not tracking drink-tampering incidents in the city, after multiple reports of spiked drinks at downtown bars.

Two women came forward this spring after they were allegedly slipped an unidentified substance at a packed Halifax cabaret, prompting several women to speak out about similar experiences.

A police spokeswoman says drink tampering is, quote, "not something that we hear of often," but they were unable to provide statistics "due to not having the field" to compile reported incidents.

Dr. Sam Campbell, the chief of emergency at the QEII Health Sciences Centre's Halifax Infirmary, said that concerns him, because based on what he sees he thinks drink-tampering is common.

Data management experts say any reported crime should be tracked, and the Halifax police could probably find an easy fix.

Louise Spiteri, an associate professor at Dalhousie University's School of Information Management, says it would allow police to track patterns, especially important in a university town like Halifax.