With the city ranking 62 on Maclean’s list of Canada’s Most Dangerous Places 2018, Fort Saskatchewan RCMP shed some light on those statistics.
When looking at true violent crimes from the Maclean’s list such as murder, sexual assault, fire arms offences, robbery, break and enter, etc. Staff Sergeant Michael McCauley said Fort Saskatchewan sits quite below the national average in those categories.
“I truly and I mean this with sincerity, Fort Saskatchewan, I believe is a very safe community. While 62 is by no means near the top, it’s still higher than we’d like on our statistics sheet,” said McCauley. “When I analyze the statistics in terms of true violence crime, that’s random and in the public, we really don’t have a lot of that in Fort Saskatchewan. I don’t think people need to feel that they are not safe at all.”
In comparing some of Maclean’s statistics, McCauley pointed out what dangers lurk in the community.
“One of the largest above average ratings we had was for assaults. (on Maclean’s list). The majority of assaults we have in Fort Saskatchewan are domestic violence related assaults, which is a bit of an epidemic I would say nationally.”
He stated that domestic violence is one of the RCMP’s focuses in the Fort.
“That doesn’t indicate violence for our average citizens walking in downtown Fort Saskatchewan,” said McCauley.
The RCMP has an excellent partnership with the Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society.
“We’ve seen a huge, positive impact of that relationship in terms of the trust for victims of domestic violence and in terms of our ability to have a bit more insight and a bit more ability to understand and help those victims,” he said.
He believed the uncertain economy is a contributing factor as to why domestic violence has been on the rise in Alberta.
“As a police force we can’t do anything to solve that, but our relationship with Families First is helping to mitigate that issue,” he said.
He confirmed the city’s fraud rate is above the national average, as suggested by the publication.
“It’s nothing to be fearful of and it’s indicative of our success as a police force. If we’re charging lots of people for fraud it means we’re solving crime and fraud is not something to ignore, but it’s not a violent crime,” said McCauley.
There were 229 cities and towns on Maclean’s list, which you can find here.