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Crime statistics released for second quarter of 2018

July 24, 2018 10:20 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Red Deer’s crime statistics for the second quarter of 2018 continue to show steep decreases in property crime totals and significant decreases in persons crimes when compared to the same time period in 2017. This downward trend in property and persons crimes has continued over the last three consecutive quarters, beginning in October 2017 and continuing through June 30, 2018. Total Criminal Code files also continue to show that significant decrease across each of the last three quarters when compared to the same time periods the year before.

Property crime numbers for the second quarter show decreases in break and enters: 552 so far, compared to 760 during the same time period in 2017. Likewise, theft of motor vehicles in 2018 are at 402, compared to 748 for the same time period in 2017 – a 46% decrease and the lowest theft of vehicle numbers Red Deer has seen in five years.

Fraud, theft under $5,000 and mischief to property also show similar decreases. Total property crimes for 2018 have decreased to 5,094 from 8,582 over the same time frame in 2017, a 41% decrease. Property crimes numbers for the first six months of 2018 are the lowest they’ve been in the last five years. 

Another notable number coming out the first six months of 2018 is a 33% decrease in robberies compared to the same time period in 2017. Sexual assaults, however, continue to increase, with 84 files compared to 54 over the same time frame in 2017. Traffic collisions resulting in injury decreased from last year, while collisions involving property damage continue to be slightly higher than property damage collision numbers for the first six months of 2017. 

“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 Superintendent Ken Foster, officer in charge of the Red Deer RCMP. “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.”

Between April 10 and July 9 of 2018, Red Deer RCMP conducted 727 checks on targeted people, including 35 identified people on parole and/ or probation and 20 more career criminals with an active history of property crime. RCMP conducted another 1,465 checks in crime hot spots and targeted addresses. Preliminary analysis for the second quarter of 2018 shows at least 110 charges have been laid specific to targets identified through Pinpoint, and 103 warrants have been executed.

“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.”

The attached RCMP crime statistics compare the time period from January 1 to June 30 over five years, from 2014-2018.

Red Deer crime statistics are released on a quarterly basis. For more detailed information, please see the 2018 second quarter crime statistics (pdf) .

 

For more information, please contact:

Paul Goranson
Director, Protective Services
The City of Red Deer
403-406-8805

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

 

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