Property crimes in Red Deer are up in the first nine months of 2014.
Year-to-date statistics released on Wednesday show that overall property crimes such as fraud and arson rose by 8.3 per cent.
The biggest jump, however, was for possession of stolen goods, a category that increased by 66 per cent. There have been 517 offences so far this year, compared to 311 in 2013.
Red Deer RCMP Insp. Scott Tod said a large increase in possession of stolen goods offences is often a result of enforcement.
“As a result of realigning resources, we are focusing on priorities that enable us to be proactive in high crime areas and with repeat offenders, we are able to close out more investigations,” he said.
Vehicle theft incidents also jumped by 31 per cent with 748 offences in the period, up from 571 in 2013.
Conversely, the total crimes against persons fell by 3.3 per cent in the first nine months of the year. To date, there have been 2,337 such crimes, compared to 2,417 in 2013.
All other Criminal Code offences such weapons charges and disturbing the peace fell by 9.3 per cent. There were 4,082 such instances in total, compared to 4,500 offences in 2013.
Sarah Cockerill, the city’s director of Community Services, said community safety continues to be a priority and the city will continue to work with the RCMP and community crime prevention organizations to see future reductions in the crime rates.
The city releases crime statistics on a quarterly basis.