The Drumheller RCMP have shown promising numbers in the reduction of crime since last year.
In March, 2018 the Drumheller RCMP revealed their statistics for the fiscal year that ran between April 2017 and March 2018. The stats show reductions in many areas.
The Drumheller RCMP had three main priorities to focus on.
1) Reduction of Property Crimes
"We had three measures in which we were successful," Staff Sgt. Kevin Charles outlined. "We reduced thefts under $5,000 from 254 to 143. Mischief's were reduced from 160 to 120 and thefts of motor vehicles were reduced from 36 to 22 so, I was very pleased with the efforts put forth by the (RCMP) members to achieve those remarkable results."
Charles noted the reason behind the drop could be one of two things: a decrease in crime or the outcome of effective policing.
2) Crime Reduction Strategy
"That was conducting a total of 60 compliance checks with high risk offenders," continued the Staff Sgt. " (We were) laying charges where possible and appropriate."
He said that keeping tabs on repeat offenders can create a huge impact on the reduction of crime.
3) Enhancing Road Safety
Last year the Drumheller RCMP Detachment issued 330 traffic tickets, a number that Staff Sgt. Charles said was a little low for his expectations and does not includ the detachment's full time traffic officer. He added this will be a priority this year in the Valley.
"There will be special consideration given to distracted driving," explained Charles. "That was also a top priority from the public. It's a problem in the valley and on the rural highways. So we are going to be focusing our attention on people who continue to drive with cell phones in their hands."
He conceded a cell phone can be helpful, especially for tourists trying to find their way around Drumheller, but said when you begin to pay more attention to your phone and less to the road, that can quickly become a bigger problem.