From The City of Red Deer
First quarter crime stats show increases
Red Deer Municipal Detachment
Crime Statistics (Actual)
January to March: 2014 ‐ 2019
All categories contain “Attempted” and/or “Completed” April 03, 2019
Homicides & Offences Related to Death
Other Sexual Offences
Break & Enter
Theft of Motor Vehicle
Theft Over $5,000
Theft Under $5,000
Possn Stn Goods
Mischief To Property
Disturbing the peace
Fail to Comply & Breaches
OTHER CRIMINAL CODE
TOTAL OTHER CRIMINAL CODE
TOTAL CRIMINAL CODE
According to statistics, crime in the first quarter of 2019 has increased compared to the same time period last year, but remains lower than in previous years.
“Throughout 2018 and the tail end of 2017, we consistently saw decreases across key areas, including break and enter and theft of motor vehicles; however, the numbers for this first quarter of this year are showing increases, said Superintendent Grobmeier, Officer in Chargeof the Red Deer RCMP. “It’s not necessarily unusual to see increases after such a prolongedperiod of significant decreases, but we know we need to act to ensure this increase doesn’t become a trend.”
When comparing the first quarter of 2019 to the first quarter of 2018, total Criminal Code files increased by 27 per cent; however, this it is still 22 per cent lower than the same time period in 2017. Select first quarter results include:
Total persons crimes increased slightly, by seven per cent; however this has remained relatively steady over a three year period.
o We had 27 robberies, compared to 20 in 2018.o Sexual assaults increase by 20 percent.
Total property crime increased by 41 per cent; however it is 27 per cent lower than the same time period on 2017.
o Theft under $5,000 increased by 30 per cent; however it is still 31 per cent lower than the same time period in 2017.
o Break and enters increased by 39 per cent.
o We had 377 stolen vehicles, compared to 177 in the same time period in 2018.
“We recognize that an increase in crime rates is not what the community wants to see, and it isn’t what we want to see either,” said Superintendent Grobmeier. “There are several factorsthat we believe contributed to some of the increases, including extreme weather this winter, which unfortunately translated into many vehicles being stolen while they were running andunlocked.”
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 January 7, 2019 and April 8, 2019, Red Deer RCMP conducted 521 checks on targeted people and addresses identified through Pinpoint, including nine identified people on parole and/or probation and 42 more career criminals with an active history of property crime. Police also conducted another 1,368 checks in crime hot spots. During the first quarter of 2019, 140 charges have been laid specific to targets identified through Pinpoint, and 108 warrants have been executed.
Red Deer Playgrounds opening with these guidelines
From the City of Red Deer
Phased reopening of playgrounds starts today
Although playground reopenings are happening in alignment with all public health orders and restrictions, citizens are still encouraged to exercise caution and do what is necessary to continue to help prevent spread of COVID-19.
Equipment will be inspected prior to opening. The City is not washing or sanitizing structures and families are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer to the park with them, limit contact with others, and visit playgrounds within their own neighbourhoods.
Users are reminded of and must follow public health guidelines including:
- Maintaining 2 metre physical distance;
- Gathering in groups of 50 or fewer;
- Only sharing common equipment with members of the same family or cohort;
- Staying home if you feel sick;
- Washing and sanitizing your hands before and after using these areas.
“Due to the diligence and commitment of our residents throughout this pandemic to complying with all orders and recommendations from health officials, we are now in a position to begin re-opening a number of our amenities in a phased manner,” says Mann, “While we are as pleased as you are to see playgrounds and fitness parks starting to re-open, we know it will take the continued support of all residents to keep each other safe and healthy through this relaunch.”
Residents can call the City’s call centre at 403-342-8111 if they have questions regarding the playground reopening or any City services. More information on the City’s response to COVID-19 can be found at www.reddeer.ca/COVID.
#RedDeerStrong – Former refugee expressing gratefulness to Canada through donation to front line health care workers
From We Are Red Deer at RedDeer.ca
Esmat Bayat knows his way around a sewing machine.
“I have lots of experience,” he chuckles. “Maybe 26, 28 years. A long time.”
Bayat grew up in Afghanistan, working as a tailor and shoemaker since the age of 12. He opened his own business in Kabul making custom suits and dresses. In the years following 9/11, Bayat’s homeland became war-torn and dangerous, so he packed up his family and fled to Iran.
“We were refugees in Iran. The government of Iran is not good with refugees and immigrants. And Afghanistan was war. We had to move.”
After brief stops in Pakistan and Turkey, Bayat’s dream finally came true three years ago. On April 26, 2017, his family was granted refugee status in Canada. Bayat, his wife, and their four kids headed for a little city on the prairies they knew nothing about, named Red Deer.
Today, the Bayat family has settled into their new Canadian life and Esmat runs a tailor shop downtown. All was well… until COVID-19 hit.
“Right now I don’t have any customers,” he says. “Our community needs medical masks and protective suits. I am able to make them.”
Instead of closing up shop and waiting for the pandemic to pass, Bayat is using his skills to help the country that welcomed his family warmly. He ordered special waterproof fabric and is sewing five-hundred medical masks and one-hundred protective suits. He plans to donate them to Red Deer’s front-line health care workers.
“I like to help Canada because Canada helped me. The Canada(ian) government helped bring me to Canada and now I and my family are safe,” he says. “I wanted to help the government, help the Canadians. This is how I can do that.”
When COVID has passed, Bayat plans to start sewing clothes again and maybe one day open a small garment factory in Red Deer. In the meantime, he’s focused on giving a helping hand to those who are working hard to keep Canadians safe and healthy.
“Everything is not money, not dollars. Sometimes people just need to help each other.
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