For Immediate Release | January 02, 2018
Crime Severity Index in St. Albert Decreases by Four Per Cent in 2016
City releases 2016 Annual Policing Report
The 2016 Annual Policing Report, released by the City of St. Albert, shows a four per cent decrease in the Crime Severity Index in 2016 compared to 2015.
Crime severity is one of the key high-level measures of criminal activity in a community, and is administered by Statistics Canada. The Crime Severity Index includes all Criminal Code violations, including traffic, drug offences and Federal Statutes (e.g. assaults, mischief, impaired driving, possession of a controlled substance). St. Albert saw a small decrease in all categories of the Crime Severity Index values including overall, violent and non-violent crimes; and as such, it remains one of the top safest communities in Alberta.
Highlights from the 2016 Annual Policing Report:
- Total 911 calls received through Policing Services, which include police, fire and ambulance, continued to increase. In 2016, 13,227 911 calls were received compared to 12,558 in 2015. This was an increase of approximately 55 calls per month or 1.8 calls per day.
- Criminal Record Checks, a desirable service for the community, continued to increase. There were 5,386 criminal record checks completed in 2016 compared to 5,099 in 2015.
- Municipal Enforcement investigated 4,200 total incidents, which included Municipal Bylaw complaints such as parking, animal control and property-related offences like unkempt land. This was a small increase of 63 incidents in 2016 over 2015, which was mainly attributed to property and traffic-related matters.
The Annual Policing Report showcases information and statistics related to all areas within Policing Services, including crime severity, crime rates, 911, Municipal Enforcement incidents, human resource levels and financial information. It provides City Council and the community with a formal report on some key policing measures and community safety matters. To review the complete report, visit the City of St. Albert website at stalbert.ca and search Policing Reports.
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