February 26th, 2024

Property crime rising in Cypress County, Redcliff RCMP report

By Medicine Hat News on February 7, 2024.

Redcliff RCMP presented their enhanced officer report to Cypress County on Tuesday, covering both the July-September and October-December quarters.

Property crime has increased drastically, said Staff Sgt. Michael Courty during the report, with a 102 per cent increase from July to September, compared to previous years, with these mostly being theft of vehicles or of property from vehicles.

Traffic crime has also increased, including a few serious collisions resulting in injury. Crime in the area is otherwise down.

“From 2022 to 2023, though,” said Courty. “Everything was down.”

The body-worn camera initiative has been found to not meet requirements; Courty specifically noted that prairie wind often prevented the attached microphones from clearly picking up conversations.

Priorities remain rural crime prevention, traffic enforcement and maintaining a positive presence within the communities, which Courty said will continue to improve as resources return.

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