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Stettler RCMP feel crime reduction work is paying off, numbers show it

Crime numbers down across the region in 2021.

The Stettler RCMP feel that their crime reduction strategy is paying off, and the numbers seem to show it.

While still dealing with ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Stettler RCMP detachment have worked diligently to limit effects on day-to-day operations.

This effort has resulted in around a 21 per cent decrease in persons crime and an 11 per cent decrease in property crime in the region during 2021.

Of note in the report is the 40 per cent decrease of motor vehicle thefts.

The statistics for the Stettler RCMP detachment are split between the municipality and the rural areas as the detachment covers both areas.

In 2021 in the Town of Stettler, the RCMP responded to 160 cases of persons crimes,down from 196 the year before.

Persons crimes can be crimes such as assaults or uttering threats.

Property crime in town was down as well, dropping from 502 cases in 2020 to 444 cases in 2021.

While break and enter did go up slightly, rising from 66 cases to 67 cases, and mischief to property increased from 76 cases to 83 cases, the theft of motor vehicles and theft under $5,000 categories of the statistics in town both had significant drops.

In the rural areas, persons crime did go up slightly, from 51 cases in 2020 to 52 cases in 2022.

Property crimes in the rural areas saw a similar drop as their municipal neighbour with 185 cases reported in 2021 compared to 217 in 2020.

The only category of rural property crime to go up was mischief to property, which increased to 25 cases from 23 cases.

“We find that a large amount of crime is committed by a very few individuals,” said RCMP Central Alberta RCMP media relations officer Troy Savinkoff.

“If we focus our proactive efforts on these few offenders, we are able to maximise the impact that our efforts will have on the community.”

Plans moving into 2022 for the Stettler RCMP include the continued targeting of prolific offenders in the region as well as working with other law enforcement partners, such as the Alberta Sheriffs, to focus on highway safety.

Also coming in 2022 will be the introduction of a new School Resource Officer who will work within Clearview Public Schools liaising with youth in a crime prevention role.