The Town of Slave Lake has seen a decrease of 23 per cent in crime over the last 12 months, say stats released by the Slave Lake RCMP. This includes a 31 per cent decrease in stolen vehicles, and 26 per cent decrease in both break and enters and theft under $5,000.
Illegal drugs lie behind the majority of crime in the Town of Slave Lake, say the RCMP.
S/Sgt John Spaans of the Slave Lake RCMP says that there are numerous factors that have led to the success in reducing crime rates in town: communication between businesses, council and the RCMP; businesses improving lighting, locking vehicles and installing deterrents (i.e. cameras); nightly industrial patrols by the RCMP; and constant pressure on prolific offenders.
Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman said that these numbers show that Slave Lake is working collaboratively to combat crime within the town’s boundaries.
“(It’s) one of the priorities council has made was addressing crime in the Town of Slave Lake,” he said.. “These numbers show that working with stakeholders and the RCMP in a collaborate method has curbed crime in the community.”
Warman added that work is far from done, “We still have work to do to curb crime in Slave Lake. Council asks all residents to stay vigilant and if you see something, say something. We are in this together.”
Later this month S/Sgt Spaans will be transferring to the Central Alberta District of the RCMP.
“John’s commitment to the community and his leadership at the RCMP will be missed,” says the mayor. “Council and I wish him well in his future position.”