Recently released statistics show that crime is down in the town of Redwater.
Total criminal code offences in the town of just over 2,000 people were down from 258 in 2014 to 242 in 2017. Total criminal code offences is a broad category that includes homicide, robbery, assaults, and uttering threats and property crimes such as motor vehicle theft and breaking and entering.

RCMP presented the stats at a recent Redwater town council meeting, where mayor Mel Smith was generally pleased with what he heard.

“On average on all aspects of the policing, the numbers are down so we look at it as positive,” he said.

A statistical breakdown by type of offence gives a more detailed look at what criminals have been up to in Redwater for the past four years.

Assaults were down from 36 in 2014 to 21 in 2017. Uttering threats numbers have been up and down over the four-year period, reaching their highest level in 2017 at 23 incidents. Car thieves appear to be busier, with the RMCP reporting 19 cases of vehicle theft in 2017 versus 11 in 2014.

Incidents of theft over $5,000 were up, while thefts in the under $5,000 category have been holding fairly steady.

Although crime statistics for the town itself are not causing alarm for local authorities, the rising crime rate in surrounding rural areas is concerning to both law enforcement and rural property owners. Redwater RCMP are implementing a number of strategies to deal with the issue, including starting Citizens on Patrol groups and launching a specialized crime reduction unit to focus on repeat offenders.

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