Crime continues downward trend: City stats

By rdnewsNOW staff
July 24, 2018 - 1:54pm Updated: July 24, 2018 - 3:37pm

Property and persons crimes in our city continue to trend downward, according to the latest numbers from The City of Red Deer.

Statistics for the second quarter of 2018 show break and enters in Red Deer are down by more than 27 per cent, from 760 in the first half of 2017 to 552 so far this year.

Motor vehicle thefts in Red Deer this year are down 46 per cent over 2017 and are the lowest our city has seen in the last five years. A total of 402 vehicles have been reported stolen in Red Deer this year compared to 748 at this time last year.

Total property crimes – including fraud, theft, mischief-related cases – have also dropped to a five-year low, The City says, and are down 41 per cent from 2017.

When it comes to persons crimes, robberies in Red Deer are down 33 per cent from last year but sexual assaults are up by more than half (84 compared to 54).

“Over the past nine months we’ve seen a steady pattern of decreased property crime numbers and decreased total Criminal Code files, and I attribute it to the consistent application day in and day out of our Pinpoint crime reduction principles,” says Red Deer RCMP Superintendent Ken Foster. “Thanks to our intense focus on repeat offenders and crime hot spots, special projects like the recent drug trafficking sweeps and warrant round-ups and partnerships such as the Priority Crimes Task Force, we are making a difference. And we’re not letting up this pressure – this is simply how we police in Red Deer every single day.”

The number of motor vehicle collisions occurring in Red Deer remains about the same with 2,030 reported so far this year compared to 2,012 at this time last year.

Total Criminal Code cases in Red Deer through the first half of 2018 were 8,727. There were 12,972 cases from January – June 2017.

“Community safety and crime reduction remain a priority for our public, and the RCMP are working strategically to reduce Red Deer’s crime statistics through this targeted effort,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “City Council has set clear crime reduction goals in our local Annual Policing Plan and we support the work of the RCMP to further pursue this downward trend in crime through Council’s funding of ten new officers.”

 

(Troy Gillard, with file from City of Red Deer media release)

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