Crime

Red Deer is working to reduce crime in a number of ways, and we are seeing results, but change takes time. The RCMP’s intense focus on repeat offenders and crime hot spots, special projects like the drug trafficking sweeps and warrant round-ups, and partnerships such as the Priority Crimes Task Force, are making a difference.

The numbers

  • Between April 8 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.
  • View the Crime Statistics in Alberta

Current Actions

The Annual Red Deer Policing Plan was developed by RCMP in consultation with citizens and The City of Red Deer.

  • From November 2019 to January 2020 public participation was conducted on the topic of Crime and Community Safety, with both in person and online components. Hundreds of Red Deerians participated in these sessions, sharing their top concerns and ideas for short term action.
  • In February 2020, four-hundred respondents answered the statistically valid phone survey on policing priorities.
  • The information and data collected from citizens was used to inform Council as they considered where to focus policing efforts.
  • Drugs and property crime and social issues, and police responsiveness/visibility continue to be areas of concern. This is reflected in the priorities for the next two years.

On October 26, 2020, Council adopted the 2020-2022 Red Deer Policing Priorities. This plan identified and recommended the following priorities, objectives, and goals:

Priority 1 – Crime Reduction – Property and Drugs

Goals:

  1. Reduce the negative impact of repeat and prolific offenders in our community.
  2. Reduce the number of crimes and activities that are driven by or support the illicit drug trade.
  3. Citizens participate actively in crime prevention/education
  4. Proactive approaches to policing continue to deliver favourable results.

Priority 2 – Public Safety - Dynamic Enforcement

Goals:

  1. Improve feelings of safety and increase legitimate use of public spaces through enhanced enforcement
  2. Decrease the impact of social disorder on citizens in Red Deer
  3. Improve relationships between social agencies and businesses

Priority 3 – Community Relations – Responsive and Visible

Goals:

  1. Citizens have a positive customer service experience when interacting with police services.
  2. Citizens report crimes with the confidence that it will be acted on appropriately.

How can you help?

  • Lock your doors and secure your belongings. In almost 33% of the Theft of Motor Vehicle files in Alberta in 2019, keys were left in unlocked vehicles. Also, many of the B&Es involved buildings, sheds, garages, general property and even houses that were not locked or secured in any way.
  • Report all crime - even small incidents are important for crime mapping and patterning. For non-emergency events like an individual checking car doors can be reported to the non-emergency line at 403-343-5575 or the online crime reporting tool.
  • If you have a home surveillance system, register your camera on the RCMP's CAPTURE program.

Related Links

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