According to police statistics, rural crime is on a downward trend.
 
On Tuesday (Sept.4) the Alberta RCMP released their Mid-Year Report Card on crime reduction in the province.
 
Compared to last year (from January to July), property crime was down 11 per cent in rural communities.
 
Other numbers that stood out include 2,358 fewer thefts across the province, 366 less homes were broken into and 648 fewer cars were stolen.
 
“We made a commitment to Albertans and we are delivering on that commitment,” said Deputy Officer Todd Shean, Commanding Officer of the Alberta RCMP. "Midway through the first year of implementing our Crime Reduction Strategy, property crime is down across the province."
 
This spring, the government announced a $10 million Crime Reduction Strategy, with the money being used towards hiring more officers in rural areas, more court clerks and judges.

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