Uttering threats charges are up, while motor vehicle collisions are down in the Fort.
With the year coming to a close, Fort Saskatchewan RCMP provided stats that overall, deem the Fort a pretty safe community.
The Fort’s overall crime trend is formed by Staff Sergeant Michael McCauley comparing local statistics with the central Alberta district.
“Persons crimes, which includes all those homicides, assaults, robberies, sexual assaults and whatnot, they are technically up three per cent from last year,” said McCauley.
In comparison, the central Alberta District is up by seven per cent.
When it comes to uttering threat charges, the Fort is up a whopping 25 per cent.
“Where we are up the most is uttering threats charges. So uttering threats is a serious scenario, but it’s not actual violence, it’s threats of violence,” stated McCauley.
In terms of property crime, the Fort’s levels have stayed the same, which McCauley views as a good thing because the district has seen a seven per cent increase.
“Another positive stat, is that while we’ve stayed level, our possession of stolen property charges have almost doubled. It shows good police work because thefts of motor vehicles, break and enters, those are almost always reported. Possession of stolen goods are strictly a pro-active police driven stat,” said McCauley.
The RCMP have seen less drug related occurrences by 20 per cent. Total motor vehicle collisions are down 18 per cent and motor vehicle collisions with injuries are down by 23 per cent.
“We’re proud of those numbers. At the end of the day through extra patrols, through diligence by our members and municipal enforcement, we’ve been able to keep traffic safety at bay, in terms of it getting worse and it’s significantly improved,” stated McCauley.
While the RCMP are working hard to keep crime rates down, there is one way the public can help.
“The biggest thing the public can do to help us is to not be afraid to report and not think that some information might be insignificant or too small,” said McCauley. “I’d rather get ten calls that were false, than not get one call that could of helped us save one of our citizens from being victimized.”
RCMP initiatives include having a member in the Integrated Crime Reduction Unit, which is a pilot project for the central Alberta District, they created an intelligence committee and partnered with Stratchona County and Edmonton. The Fort detachment has also added a crime analyst.
Stats were based off the past year.