The Superintendent of the Grande Prairie RCMP says crime so far this year is at the lowest rate is has been in five years.
Don McKenna says there are several reasons for the drop including Grande Prairie City Council supporting some new crime fighting teams.
“We started a Drug Unit and we also started a Crime Reduction Unit and both of those have had a big impact on the community, and one of the things of course we look at is our habitual offenders, people that are in the criminal lifestyle causing the most problems and so we like to offer them a way out.”
He adds there have been no murders in 2017 compared to three last year and seven the year before.
Also, the number of vehicle thefts dropped from over 900 in 2015 to 550 last year.
“What we have been able to do with the resources that’s supplied by the city is we have been able to be far more proactive. We have brought in things like Bait Cars and we have also gone after some of our chronic car thieves, targeted them, found them stealing cars (and) were able to arrest and incarcerate them.”
McKenna says drug crimes, robberies and break-ins are also down.