Al­berta RCMPs Crime Map a new tool for Al­ber­tans

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

To­day (Oct. 10), the RCMP in Al­berta pro­vided a demon­stra­tion of Al­berta RCMPs new Crime Map tool. The on­line tool en­ables the Al­berta RCMP to di­rectly en­gage with ci­ti­zens on what they care about most: their own neigh­bour­hoods.

The Crime Map en­ables Al­ber­tans to ac­cess cur­rent and ver­i­fied in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing crim­i­nal in­ci­dents in their neigh­bour­hoods. Equipped with ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion, Al­berta RCMP hopes ci­ti­zens will use the map to de­velop sound crime pre­ven­tion habits for their fam­i­lies and their com­mu­ni­ties, and en­cour­age ci­ti­zens to re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­i­ties.

The map ci­ti­zens have ac­cess to is a small in­di­ca­tion of the an­a­lyt­i­cal work the RCMP does in lo­cat­ing the in­di­vid­u­als that harm com­mu­ni­ties the most. Through an in­ter­nal ver­sion of the ap­pli­ca­tion and com­bined with other tech­nolo­gies, Al­berta RCMP can de­velop ge­o­graph­i­cal crime hotspots to guide tar­geted en­force­ment ini­tia­tives.

How does the Crime Map Work?

The RCMP crime map dis­plays re­ports of crim­i­nal in­ci­dents as re­ceived by the RCMP within the last 14 days.

Crime types pre­sented on the map in­clude: theft from mo­tor ve­hi­cle, theft of mo­tor ve­hi­cle, break and en­ter, theft over/un­der $5,000, mis­chief and miss­ing per­sons re­ports.

These crime types were se­lected as in­for­ma­tion on these crime types can in­form lo­cal crime pre­ven­tion strate­gies.

In the in­ter­est of pri­vacy, the ex­act lo­ca­tion of each crime oc­cur­rence is not plot­ted. Lo­ca­tions are es­ti­mated to a nearby road.

Where can I find it?

Al­ber­tans can ac­cess the map through a par­tic­i­pat­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­tys web­site.

As web­site con­fig­u­ra­tions are unique to each mu­nic­i­pal­ity, we ask ci­ti­zens to visit their par­tic­i­pat­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­tys web­site to ac­cess the map.

Through the Crime Map, we hope to raise Al­ber­tans aware­ness level about crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties in their back­yards so they can re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity and help us make their neigh­bour­hoods safer.

-Su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Good, Op­er­a­tions Strat­egy Branch, Al­berta RCMP

The Crime Map helps the RCMP re­spond more quickly and ac­cu­rately to com­mu­nity con­cerns. If there’s a rash of break-ins, that’s an op­por­tu­nity for us to go out and talk to res­i­dents, ed­u­cate them on how to proac­tively safe­guard their prop­erty and give them re­sources to pro­tect them­selves.

-In­spec­tor Pamela Robin­son, De­tach­ment Com­man­der,

St. Al­bert RCMP

This tool gives our res­i­dents ac­cess to lo­cal and ac­cu­rate crime-re­lated in­for­ma­tion. Pro­vid­ing up-to-date in­for­ma­tion, which has been vet­ted by an au­thor­i­ta­tive source, is es­sen­tial to en­sur­ing that ci­ti­zens have a clear pic­ture of crime-re­lated is­sues in our com­mu­nity.

-Coun­cil­lor Sheena Hughes, City of St. Al­bert

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