Red Deer’s 2017 crime statistics in the third quarter of the year continue to show a slight decrease in persons crimes and robberies, and a slowing in the growth regarding property crimes; traffic collisions resulting in injury continue to decrease every year; however, Red Deer saw two traffic fatalities in the first three quarters of 2017. Collisions involving property damage increased slightly when compared to this time last year.
“In the first three quarters of 2017, I’m pleased to say that persons offences and robberies both continue to trend lower than the same time periods last year,” said Superintendent Ken Foster, Officer in Charge at Red Deer RCMP detachment. “Total Criminal Code numbers in the first three quarters of 2017 show a slight increase over the same time frame last year.”
Total property crime numbers for the year to date continue to rise, though at a notably slower rate than in 2016. For quarter three of 2017, however, total property crime numbers showed no increase over property crimes numbers for the same time frame in 2016.
Criminal charges for possession of stolen property also continue to rise, as RCMP continue to target those career criminals responsible for much of the property crime in the community.
Between July 12 and October 11, Red Deer RCMP conducted 786 checks on targeted people, places and criminal patterns, including 26 identified people on parole and/ or probation and 24 more career criminals with an active history of property crime. Preliminary analysis for quarter three shows at least 104 charges have been laid specific to targets identified through Pinpoint, the detachment’s crime reduction strategy; 96 warrants have been executed through daily police work, and another 127 were executed in August during a four-day warrant round-up.
“Community safety and crime reduction have been identified as the top priority by our public. In response to community concern, City Council has been actively working with City staff, the RCMP and community agencies to elevate our local enforcement and crime prevention efforts,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “We have begun to see reductions in organized and persons crime, through the enforcement priorities in our local Annual Policing Plan. We know, however, we still have substantial work to do specifically with respect to property theft, for example. Initiatives such as Project Pinpoint are focusing on prolific offenders in order to reduce property crime.”
The RCMP crime statistics compare the time period from January 1 to September 30 over five years, from 2013-2017.
Red Deer crime statistics are released on a quarterly basis. For more detailed information, please see the 2017 quarter three crime statistics (pdf) .
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