Supt. Gerald Grobmeier, officer in charge of Red Deer RCMP, says there has been a significant decrease in crime so far in 2020. File photo by Advocate staff

Supt. Gerald Grobmeier, officer in charge of Red Deer RCMP, says there has been a significant decrease in crime so far in 2020. File photo by Advocate staff

Crime was up in 2019 than 2018 in Red Deer: Stats Canada

The City of Red Deer experienced more crime in 2019 than in 2018, according to recent data from Statistics Canada.

But the numbers don’t paint a true picture of the situation, says Red Deer RCMP Supt. Gerald Grobmeier.

The crime severity index was up about 16 per cent in 2019 (197.95) compared to 2018 (170.75).

The violent crime severity index, for offences such as murder, robbery, sexual assault and assaults, was up 36.92 per cent (155.62 in 2019 and 113.66 in 2018).

The non-violent, non-person crime severity index was up 11.44 per cent – 212.71 in 2019, compared to 190.88 in 2018. These crimes include thefts of motor vehicles, theft from motor vehicles and house break-ins.

Grobmeier said “an increase is something we never want to see.”

But most of that spike came from the first quarter of 2019, and by the end of the year, numbers went down, he said.

“January, February, March of 2019 were a difficult time in Red Deer for crime, so we had a significant spike, and throughout the rest of the year, we saw the numbers come down, and the last two quarters were either equal to or better than 2018.”

Comparing the first quarter of 2019 and the later part of the same year, Grobmeier said, thefts of motor vehicles, for example, were up by 100 per cent, but then came down to 19 per cent.

“It was just that first quarter that was very bad.”

In 2020, the same decreasing trend has continued.

Grobmeier said until the end of October of this year, break and enters have dropped by 16 per cent, theft of motor vehicles have dropped by 37 per cent, theft under $5,000 has dropped by 26 per cent, and total property crime is down by around 23 per cent.

“We’ve seen significant drops in our crime that are even superior to 2018,” said Grobmeier.

He said the numbers for 2020, whenever they come out, will reflect the more recent drops in crime.

“We’ve been showing significant decreases to last year, so rest assured, it’s nice to see our numbers have dropped this year, and I understand there will be some anxiety with our crime severity index, but again, those are already 11 months old and our current stats are far superior.”

Red Deer was ranked the 10th most dangerous place in Canada, based on overall crime, according to rankings by Maclean’s magazine released in November 2019. Those numbers were based on the crime severity index in 2018.

The numbers showed the city’s crime severity index was 170, compared with the Canadian average of 75.01.

The recent drops in crime numbers could be related to COVID, but there are a variety of factors, including the work the officers are putting in, said Grobmeier.

For example, weather plays a role.

Crime relating to motor vehicles was up in the first quarter of last year likely due to the cold weather, said Grobmeier.

“It was our coldest winter in a long, long time, and that drives up theft of motor vehicles and break and enters.”

Grobmeier said the Red Deer RCMP is proud of the more recent decreases in crime and knows there is more work to be done.

“We’ll be continuing to work and make a positive impact.”

The same Statistics Canada numbers show an increase in the crime severity index of about 18 per cent in 2019, compared to 2018, for the City of Lacombe.

For the Town of Sylvan Lake, the increase was about 22 per cent, and about 35 per cent in the Town of Rocky Mountain House.

The City of Wetaskiwin’s crime severity index was up about 20 per cent in 2019, compared to 2018, while the Town of Blackfalds saw an increase of about 33 per cent. The Town of Ponoka experienced an increase of about 15 per cent.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Red Deer hits 304 active COVID-19 cases

Six new deaths were reported in Alberta

Clearview Public Schools had slight enrolment increase in September. (Image from Facebook)
Positive COVID-19 test reported at Stettler high school

An individual who was at Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus has… Continue reading

(Advocate file photo).
Woman ‘beyond frustrated’ by Red Deer College program’s volunteer requirements

Teddie Briggs says she was “beyond frustrated” after learning Red Deer College’s… Continue reading

Hugh Danielson and Brayden Watts, of Red Deer are trying to spread the word about a new innovation for wheelchairs that they think will be especially helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Brayden Watts)
Red Deer company lands exclusive patent rights to wheelchair extension

By some small miracle, Hugh Danielson and Brayden Watts stumbled upon a… Continue reading

A nurse gets a swab ready at a temporary COVID-19 test clinic in Montreal, on Friday, May 15, 2020. Health Canada has reversed course on home test kits for COVID-19, saying it will now review applications for such devices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Employee at Bethany CollegeSide in Red Deer tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at a Red Deer continuing care facility has tested positive… Continue reading

Teresa Kutynec, Red Deer Christmas Bureau president, dressed up as Mrs. Claus during the Charity Checkstop on Saturday. The event supports four nonprofit organizations: the Christmas Bureau, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Red Deer Food Bank and Women’s Outreach Centre. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
WATCH: Charity Checkstop raises money for nonprofit organizations

Red Deerians supported four local nonprofit organizations without even having to leave… Continue reading

The commemorative plaque is seen on the outside wall at the Polytechnique in Montreal, on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Sunday will mark the 31st anniversary of the murder of 14 women in an antifeminist attack at Ecole Polytechnique on December 6, 1989. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Scaled-back, virtual ceremonies to mark 31st anniversary of Polytechnique killings

MONTREAL, France — The anniversary of the attack that cut short the… Continue reading

A man wears a face mask as he skateboards along a street in Montreal, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
COVID-19 cases hit new records as Tam urges perseverance, promises vaccine on the way

Canada’s top doctor urged cautious optimism — and a healthy dose of… Continue reading

Asymptomatic testing will now be available for "priority groups" who are most likely to spread the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable or at-risk populations. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Manitoba judge rules church can’t hold drive-in services forbidden by health order

WINNIPEG — A Manitoba judge has rejected a church’s request to hold… Continue reading

Homeowners Cora and Alec Dion pose in the basement of their home in Fort McMurray, Alta., on May 8, 2020. More than seven months ago, the Dions were forced to flee Fort McMurray for the second time in four years as a spring flood threatened their home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Halinda
Fort McMurray residents still cleaning, considering options after spring flooding

‘It’s worse than just having water, because it’s ice mixed in with the water’

Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand responds to a question during a news conference in Ottawa, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Anand says as soon as she knows when the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will arrive on Canadian soil, she will share that information with the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Negotiating contracts for vaccines in development needed flexibility: Anand

Health Canada officials are days, maybe even hours, away from approving the COVID-19 vaccine

Speaker of the House of Commons Anthony Rota rises in the House of Commons, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in Ottawa. nbsp; THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Speaker Rota reflects on first year presiding over unprecedented virtual Parliament

‘It’s not what I signed up for but it is what it is’

In this file photo, a lotto Max ticket is shown in Toronto on Monday Feb. 26, 2018. (By THE CANADIAN PRESS)
No winning ticket for Friday night’s $17 million Lotto Max draw

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $17 million jackpot… Continue reading

Harley Hay
Hay’s Daze: Not used to seeing giraffe with a mask

My bad. Now there’s an expression that used to stick in my… Continue reading

Most Read