Spruce Grove RCMP launch crime map

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

Spruce Grove res­i­dents have a new way to get in­for­ma­tion about crime in the com­mu­nity with the launch of an on­line RCMP crime map.

The crime map, which is avail­able at www. spruce­grove.org/crimemap

and is an RCMP “K” Di­vi­sion Crime Re­duc­tion Strat­egy, is an ev­i­dence-based ap­proach to in­form­ing the com­mu­nity about six types of crime: · Break and en­ters · Stolen ve­hi­cles · Theft from ve­hi­cles · Theft over/un­der $5,000

· Mis­chief

· Miss­ing per­sons

“We are pleased to be part­ner­ing with our lo­cal RCMP to pro­vide this re­source to the com­mu­nity,” said Spruce Grove Mayor Stu­art Hous­ton. “By host­ing this map on the City’s web­site, we are able to share the RCMP’s crime data with res­i­dents so they can be aware of what is hap­pen­ing in and around their neigh­bour­hoods.” The map is up­dated daily Mon­day to Fri­day and icons are used to iden­tify the lo­ca­tion of a spe­cific crime. Click­ing on an icon will dis­play the file num­ber and date a crime was re­ported to the RCMP. Icons will re­main on the map for 14 days be­fore be­ing up­dated to en­sure cur­rent crime trends are be­ing dis­played.

“Our goal with this map is to pro­vide the pub­lic with tools, re­sources and in­for­ma­tion they need to up­hold pub­lic safety – for them­selves and for their com­mu­ni­ties,” ex­plains In­spec­tor Mike Lokken, Of­fi­cer in Charge for the Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Enoch RCMP de­tach­ment.

It also pro­vides res­i­dents with an ac­cu­rate source of crime in­for­ma­tion, rather than re­ly­ing on what peo­ple share on so­cial me­dia.

“We’d like to re­mind res­i­dents that in­for­ma­tion they see or hear on so­cial me­dia, or in the lo­cal cof­fee shop, or at their child’s hockey prac­tice is not vet­ted,” adds In­spec­tor Lokken. “This map uses con­firmed and sourced in­for­ma­tion to pro­vide an ac­cu­rate pic­ture of crime in the com­mu­nity.” The RCMP also hopes the map will en­cour­age Spruce Grove res­i­dents to re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity, as that data is help­ful in gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion, iden­ti­fy­ing trends and mak­ing ar­rests.

“This map is re­ally a com­mu­nity tool to help with crime aware­ness, re­port­ing and re­duc­tion,” says In­spec­tor Lokken. “Not only does it help dis­pel in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion that may be cir­cu­lat­ing in the ru­mour mill, but it also demon­strates some of the an­a­lyt­i­cal work we are do­ing to ad­dress crime in Spruce Grove.”

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