December 5, 2011
Crime Hot Spots
identify the areas thieves are targeting the most
Released by Cst Tracy Wolbeck
September 2010, the Upper Fraser Valley RCMP adopted a COMPSTAT policing
model. The purpose of the "comparative statistics" model or COMPSTAT, is to
provide intelligence-led policing by identifying crime series and crime
hotspots in specific geographic areas.
This analysis is prepared by an
RCMP Criminal Analyst once a month who then presents her findings to the
Senior Management Team. From there, crime "hot-spots" are selected and
police resources are deployed to these areas in an effort to reduce crime.
The use of COMPSTAT in a policing model began in New York City in 1994 and
the city experienced significant reductions in crime. Many police agencies
have since adopted similar models in the Lower Mainland, with a focus
predominantly on tactical operations.
The Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment Superintendent has been pleased
with the success of the model. "The model has been very effective since it's
inception," said Superintendent Keith Robinson. "It's an intelligence led
policing model that provides our police managers a gauge of whether we are
winning or losing in our effort to be pro-active with crime reduction in the
Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment area."
The most recent crime hot-spots have been identified as follows:
Exhibition Park area- There has been a concentration of property crime
around the area of Spadina Avenue, Corbould Street and Hodgins Avenue. The
crime-type observed has been one vehicle theft and four thefts from motor
Yale Road/ Williams Road- There has been a concentration of property crime
off Gore Avenue up to Bole Avenue between Nowell Street and Charles Street.
In a 14 day period, there were 10 property crime related offences in this
Wells Road area- A concentration of property crime was identified off Vedder
Road from Britton Avenue up to Knight Road. The crime-type in this area has
been one business break and enter, one residential break and enter, and two
thefts from a motor vehicle.
Although not currently considered a hot-spot area, the Greendale area around
Yale Road, Chadsey Road, South Sumas Road, and Prairie Central Road has seen
an increase in property crime since July 2011. The property crime type noted
in this area include residential break and enters, thefts from motor
vehicles as well as auto theft.
The Upper Fraser Valley media relations unit will be sending out monthly
hot-spot reports as new areas of concern are identified.
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