Crime is currently down in Grande Prairie, but mischief is up.
RCMP Superintendent Don McKenna said that is in relation to the nice weather and daylight during the summer months.
“Grande Prairie is gorgeous, I mean, 11:30 at night you can go out and it’s still bright,” said McKenna. “So, what happens is of course it’s so bright out, people are out more and some people do some things that they probably shouldn’t be doing.”
The RCMP has become more proactive, which helps contribute to the decrease in robberies, criminal harassment and all persons crime.
“Proactive is looking at, globally, we’ve had a problem in this area, well we’re going to be able to send patrols, people out into that area before there’s a problem,” said McKenna.
McKenna also said that over the past few months they have had an assigned watch in effect.
“And so, what will happen is we’ll find areas in the city that are having different issues. Whether it’s break ins in one area of the city [or] thefts in another area of the city, then what we’ll do is we’ll assign certain watches so it’s their responsibility, and to document what they’re doing to reduce crime in that area. And if it’s not working then we’re going to try something else,” said McKenna.
They have been practicing proactivity by checking on habitual offenders to see if they are following their parole, putting them in contact to get help with addictions or housing if they want it and issuing warrants.
McKenna says they also rely on computer statistics for up to date information and that the current system is nimbler, and easier to read and understand.
They are also targeting those who are committing crimes.
On top of the falling crime rates, there has been no homicides in Grande Prairie to date this year, falling from three last year.