Project Lock Up, a new victim-focused initiative, is starting up for Alberta RCMP.

Project Lock Up is the second part of the seven-point rural crime reduction strategy, which began in 2018. According to the Commanding Officer of the Alberta RCMP, Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, “From January to December 2018, we’ve seen 480 fewer homes broken into, almost 3,500 fewer thefts, over 1,200 fewer vehicles stolen and a 10 per cent decrease in property crime in rural Alberta RCMP jurisdictions.”

The strategy is set to bring together law enforcement agencies and citizen-led crime prevention groups to give improved and faster responses to Albertans who have been hit the hardest by break and enters.

The initiative is made up of four main aspects: more patrols, innovative crime prevention tools, enhanced investigative response, and enhanced victim support.

RCMP Crime Reduction Analysts will produce a report of actionable information related to repeat victims of break and enters and crime spots. Criminal Intelligence Service Alberta will conduct a further analysis and distribute a report of crime trends, repeat victims and repeat offenders to all partners of the initiative. Then RCMP, in conjunction with its enforcement partners and citizen-led partners, will use the report to guide their patrols.

Albertans who have been victimized the most by break and enters will receive an enhanced follow-up either in person or by phone from the RCMP. During the follow-up, RCMP will work to get a better understanding of what transpired and will provide crime prevention advice. In some cases they will arrange a customized home security assessment by an expert, as to prevent future incidents from happening.

A trace pen will be given to Albertans who have been hit the hardest by break and enters. It is a property marking device that will help increase the chances of the stolen property being returned to its owners, and will help make criminals accountable. When the time becomes appropriate, more innovative tools can be deployed that will help police identify and arrest criminals operating in the area.

Alberta RCMP’s Crime Reduction Units will deploy special operations. These will help focus on arresting criminals that are operating in targeted areas. Priority properties will receive an enhanced response from Alberta RCMP’s Forensic Identification Services Unit.

The new initiative will be rolled-out in partnership between the Alberta RCMP, Criminal Intelligence Service Alberta, Alberta Sheriffs, Alberta Community Peace Officers, Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch, Alberta Rural Crime Watch Association, Alberta Citizens on Patrol, and the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

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