Violent crime on the rise in Red Deer
Violent crimes and robberies are on the upswing, according to a City of Red Deer annual crime statistics report released today.
The statistics are based on crimes reported between 2006 and 2011.
The report shows persons crime — offences that include homicides, assaults and robberies — increased to 3,334 from 2,929, or three per cent.
In 2011, there were 3,324 reported persons crime instances, compared to 3,111 in 2010.
Last year in Red Deer, there were six homicides, 93 robberies and 1,812 assaults. In 2010, there no reported homicides, 92 robberies and 1,684 assaults.
However, the report shows that property crime, including break-and-enter and theft, have decreased 16 per cent to 9,843 from 10,640. In 2011, there were 9,843 reported property crimes compared to 10,020 in 2010.
Released annually, the report is one tool the city uses to assess crime in the community and work with the RCMP to fight crime.
One of the areas in city council’s Strategic Direction focuses on safety.