Today, as part of The City’s ongoing commitment to community safety, an online RCMP crime map was launched.
The online map shows reported crime in Red Deer in the following categories: theft from a motor vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle, theft over/under $5,000, break and enter, and mischief. The map shows data from the past 14 days. For crimes in residential areas, an approximate location will be shown, versus the exact address to protect privacy.
“Red Deer, like many other communities in Alberta, is facing significant social and community safety challenges,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Community safety is a top priority for City Council and we know that reducing crime requires a multi-faceted approach. Local police have used crime mapping for many years to inform enforcement efforts and this map is now one more tool for residents to use to stay informed about crime in our city.”
With this map now available for public use, residents can be better informed about the nature of crime in Red Deer. By knowing the types of crimes that have occurred in their neighbourhood, residents can adopt crime prevention strategies to reduce the likelihood of becoming a target.
“Most thefts are crimes of opportunity, which means that the criminal is looking for unlocked vehicles or residences where items can be taken quickly and easily,” said Jeff McBeth, Staff Sergeant Red Deer RCMP. “By taking simple steps, such as removing valuables from vehicles and by locking cars and homes, theft is no longer an easy opportunity and most criminals will then move on to easier targets.”
Red Deer RCMP remind the public to continue to report crimes, suspicious activity or suspicious persons to the non-emergency line at 403-343-5575. If you witness a crime in progress call 9-1-1.
To view the map and to learn more about crime prevention tips and strategies, visit www.reddeer.ca/rcmp.
Read the RCMP Crime Mapping Q&A Backgrounder (pdf) .
For more information, contact:
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer