Crime map being downsized

A crime map plotting the hot spots for crimes in the Red Deer is being scaled down.

A crime map plotting the hot spots for crimes in the Red Deer is being scaled down.

The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre launched the activity map on Aug. 1 and took it down about a week later.

The map received criticism from both the RCMP and the City of Red Deer for what they said was an inaccurate portrayal of what’s happening in the city.

“We want to scale back a little bit to include only property crimes,” said Emily Falk, program development co-ordinator. “Just because we’re more equipped to deal with those here from the centre.”

Falk said they did not take down the map because of the criticism, saying there has been a lot of support in the city for the map.

Residents can fill out a form at www.cacpc.ca to report crimes such as theft from vehicles or vandalism. Falk said they are receiving a lot of submitted information on the website.

“We’re receiving a lot of positive feedback,” said Falk. “Residents are very happy that something has been done with regards to publishing an activity map.”

The interactive map page, available by clicking on the resources tab at the top of the page, has a disclaimer that it does not list all crimes and relies on RCMP archives from the City of Red Deer, information gathered from community discussions and tips submitted to the centre’s website.

No date has been set for the relaunch.