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Increases in sexual assaults and kidnapping, but overall crime rates in Red Deer down significantly

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  • From the City of Red Deer

    Crime statistics released for third quarter of 2018

    Red Deer’s crime statistics for the third quarter of 2018 continue to show decreases in property crime totals and persons crimes when compared to the same time period in 2017.  This downward trend has continued over the last four consecutive quarters, beginning in October 2017 and continuing through September 30, 2018.  Total Criminal Code files also continue to show a decrease when compared to the same time periods the year before.

    Property crime numbers for the third quarter show a 31% decrease in break and enters: 979 so far this year, compared to 1,129 during the same time period in 2017.  Likewise, theft of motor vehicles in 2018 are at 728, compared to 1,148 for the same time period in 2017 – a 37% decrease and the lowest theft of vehicle numbers Red Deer has seen in five years.

    Fraud, theft under $5,000 and mischief to property also show similar decreases.  Total property crimes for 2018 have decreased to 8,977 from 12,987 over the same time frame in 2017, a 31% decrease.  Property crimes numbers for the first nine months of 2018 are the lowest they’ve been in the last five years.

     

    In persons crimes, Red Deer has seen a 29% decrease in robberies compared to the same time period in 2017. Sexual assaults, however, continue to increase – the numbers are 35% higher than the same time frame in 2017.  Traffic collisions resulting in injury decreased from last year, while collisions involving property damage continue to be slightly higher than in 2017.  Traffic fatalities, however, have increased – Red Deer has experienced two fatalities as a result of traffic collisions so far this year.

    Red Deer RCMP have seen consistent increase in calls to the RCMP complaint line in 2018, indicating the public’s commitment to reporting crime and helping police to target hot spots.  Calls to the complaint line have increased from 38,500 in the first nine months of 2017 to 39,781 in 2018, an increase of 3%.

    “RCMP understand that crime feels more visible to the community than ever.  It can be difficult to believe that crime rates are declining when citizens see so many reports on crime-focused social media sites, and when some businesses keep getting hit by the same handful of career criminals.  But the overall numbers are in fact going down, and our commitment is to keep putting the pressure on those repeat offenders and returning them to jail at every opportunity,” says Superintendent Ken Foster, officer in charge of the Red Deer RCMP. “There are so many committed citizens in the community helping police every day, and we thank you for that.”

    Crime statistics for each Alberta RCMP-policed jurisdiction are gathered by RCMP operations support analysts. These statistics are gathered in the same way for every detachment to ensure they are comparable and meet Statistics Canada requirements.


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    Crime Beat podcast episode 3 with Nancy Hixt: ‘If I can’t have you… no one can’ -the murder of Nadia El-Dib

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  • From Curiouscast

    Curiouscast is a new podcast network from Corus Entertainment and home to The Ongoing History of New Music, Nighttime, Dark Poutine, This is Why, as well as news and talk radio shows from all across Corus Radio. All of our podcasts are completely free and can be found on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Tune In or wherever you find your favourite podcasts. New shows are launching all the time so make sure to check back often and enjoy Curiouscast.

    People know their hometowns by streets, a favorite restaurant or the local mall. Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt knows hers by the crime scenes she’s been to.

    Journey deep inside some of Canada’s most high-profile criminal cases. Each episode will take you inside the story to give you details you didn’t hear on the news.

    Nancy Hixt – host of Crime Beat Podcast

    The podcast is hosted by Nancy Hixt, a former RDTV reporter in Red Deer, and for the past 2 decades, crime reporter with Global TV Calgary.

    In the third episode of Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt tells a story of a deadly infatuation.

    In “If I can’t have you… no one can” Nancy Hixt explains how Nadia El-Dib was targeted after she spurned a young man’s advances, and for the first time we hear from the police officer who was shot in the head as the manhunt for Nadia’s killer came to an end in a hail of gunfire.

    Check out episode three of Crime Beat for all the behind-the-scenes details of the El-Dib case.


    Anyone needing help with violence or abuse in an intimate relationship is encouraged to reach out for help by calling Connect Family & Sexual Abuse Network at 403 -237-5888 (Toll Free: 1-877-237-5888), the 24-hour Family Violence Helpline at 403-234-SAFE (7233), or 211.

    “Nancy does a remarkable job taking you deep inside real cases she has worked on to give a voice to the victims of these crimes in a way only someone who was actually there could give,” said Chris “Dunner” Duncombe, Director of Streaming and Podcasting for Corus Entertainment. “We are so excited to bring Curiouscast listeners Crime Beat.”

    “These stories have left a lasting mark on my life,” said Hixt. “There are many things I witness and experience while covering a case, and the Crime Beat podcast allows me to share those extra details with you, with a full behind-the-scenes look at all the twists and turns.”

    Nancy Hixt has received numerous awards throughout her career covering Alberta’s crime beat. She was the winner of the 2015 Ron Laidlaw Award for Continuing Coverage – National Television, the 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best Local Reportage, as well as the 2018 Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow Award in the large-market television category.

    Twitter: @nancyhixt

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/

    Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca


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    RCMP campaign finds Red Deer drivers perform dismally … Are you inviting thieves to take your vehicle?

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  • From Red Deer RCMP

    Red Deer RCMP and Citizens on Patrol Lock it or Lose It campaign reminds drivers to secure their items 

    On March 15, Red Deer RCMP Members, Community Police Officers, and Red Deer Citizens on Patrol (COP) volunteers from Red Deer and Ponoka conducted Lock it or Lose It inspections at two locations in Red Deer.

    During the campaign, vehicles at Westerner Park and Carnival Cinemas were inspected. Volunteers did not try doors or touch vehicles, other than to leave a report card at the vehicle, flagging temptations that might encourage a thief to break into the vehicle or try to steal it. Results from the day were not encouraging.

    At Westerner Park, 194 vehicles were inspected and only 9.3 per cent of vehicles received a thumbs up.  Volunteers found personal documents, mail, retail items and garage door openers in plain sight. Further, three trucks had tools, tool boxes or valuable items in the box of the truck.

    At Carnival Cinemas, 105 vehicles were inspected with 35 per cent of vehicles receiving a thumbs up.  Again, volunteers found many items in plain sight, including cell phones, keys, bags and purses, work identification and garage door openers.

    RCMP flag visible garage door openers as a temptation because thieves will smash vehicle windows in order to steal garage door openers, which they can then use to access the garage – and the residence itself, if a connecting door is left unlocked.

    “We run the Lock it or Lose It campaign multiple times a year and we continue to see the same results, which is disappointing,” said Constable Sean Morris with the Red Deer RCMP. “Many smash and grab crimes are preventable, and we’re asking citizens to protect themselves by taking the extra few seconds to secure their valuables so as to not tempt would-be thieves.”

    Volunteers also attended the Red Deer Rebels game on March 15 to speak to citizens about auto theft awareness. Drivers were given “All Valuables Removed” window makers, with the purpose of notifying potential criminals that the owner has removed anything of value from the vehicle, in hope to deter auto theft.

    During Lock it or Lose it checks, vehicle owners also get reminders about expired or soon-to-expire registration, and volunteers flag issues such as cracked windshields or a note that the vehicle appeared to have been left unlocked.

    The Lock it or Lose it campaign is part of ongoing crime reduction work by Red Deer RCMP and local crime prevention agencies to educate Red Deerians.


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