Second quarter crime statistics released today show that crime for the first half of the year is higher than the same time last year.
When comparing the first six months of 2019 to the first six months of 2018, total Criminal Code files increased by 20 per cent. Other results include:
- Total persons crimes increased slightly, by 12 cent; however this has remained relatively steady over a three year period.
- We had 57 robberies, compared to 45 in 2018.
- Sexual assaults increase by 35 percent.
- Total property crime increased by 26 per cent,
- Theft under $5,000 increased by 15 per cent.
- Break and enters increased by 18 per cent, compared to an increase of 39 per cent in the first quarter.
- We had 648 stolen vehicles, compared to 403 in the same time period in 2018.
“We know crime and safety is top of mind for the community and we are working tirelessly to address these issues,” said Inspector Grobmeier. “Through education and prevention programs, along with enforcement, we are having an impact, and we won’t let up until we see these numbers decreasing.”
One of the ways police are working to reduce crime is through Pinpoint, a made in Red Deer program that targets repeat offenders and crime hotspots. Between April 8, 2019 and July 8, 2019, Red Deer RCMP conducted 454 checks on targeted people and addresses identified through Pinpoint, including nine identified people on parole and/or probation and 47 more career criminals with an active history of property crime. Police also conducted another 1,244 checks in crime hot spots. During the second quarter of 2019, 191 charges have been laid specific to targets identified through Pinpoint, and 138 warrants have been executed.
Other crime prevention initiatives recently launched by the Red Deer RCMP include the #9PM Routine, a bicycle registry and Red Deer’s crime map.
“Our crime stats are still showing increases overall compared to the previous year,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “The safety challenges facing our community are significant, and require both immediate and long-term solutions. Council remains committed to ensuring Red Deer is a safe and secure community for all citizens, and we will continue to prioritize community safety until we achieve our desired outcomes. We strongly encourage citizens to continue to report all crime to ensure that we have an accurate picture of local crime levels and respond effectively to it.”
The attached RCMP crime statistics compare the time period from January 1 to June 30, 2019 over five years, from 2014-2019. Red Deer crime statistics are released on a quarterly basis. View the 2019 Second Quarter Crime Stats (pdf)
For more information, please contact:
Director, Protective Services
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer