Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP have wrapped up an intensive multi-pronged property crime campaign over four days last month that resulted in 13 arrests, 33 Criminal Code charges and the execution of 21 warrants.
Between March 31 and April 1, Red Deer RCMP carried out a targeted operation that focused intensive resources on crime hot spots, prolific property crime offenders, outstanding warrants and stolen vehicles. For those four days and nights, teams from the Community Response Unit, Traffic and general duty watches conducted surveillance, conditions checks and intensive patrols at hot spots in industrial areas and addresses known to police as being linked to criminality. The campaign wrapped up with four high-visibility checkstops at key locations throughout the city.
RCMP were looking for stolen vehicles and license plates, vehicles attempting to avoid police checkstops, offenders wanted on outstanding warrants and those not complying with court-imposed conditions; this concentrated series of efforts was supported by the Alberta RCMP helicopter.
“Campaigns like this are just one part of Red Deer RCMP’s daily approach, which is to reduce property crime and apply constant pressure to those individuals who are responsible for most of that crime,” says Inspector Gerald Grobmeier of the Red Deer RCMP. “We’re in the hot spots and we’re conducting conditions checks on prolific offenders every day, and our message is clear: if you continue to break the law, we’re sending you back to jail. We would, however, prefer to work with these individuals and help them address the root causes for their crimes and keep them out of the justice system.”
This targeted policing is part of the Red Deer RCMP crime reduction strategy, Project Pinpoint. Since the inception of Project Pinpoint, break and enters have decreased when compared to the same time frame the year before: between March 17 and April 4, 2017, there were 75 break and enters, compared to 103 during the same time period in 2016. Break and enters also decreased in April and May as compared to the first months of 2017, from 99 to 75.
- 2017-03-17 to 2017-04-04 = 75 occurrences
- 2016-03-17 to 2016-04-04 = 103 occurrences
- Prior to Project: 2017-02-27 to 2017-03-16 = 99 occurrences
“Parallel to our targeted focus on property crime, RCMP have also seen an increase in public reporting of suspicious or criminal activity, and that’s helping police tremendously,” says Grobmeier. “We can’t be everywhere, but when citizens report a suspicious or stolen vehicle, RCMP are responding, and we’re making a lot of arrests as a result of those reports.”
Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP