The Strathcona County RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit is making a comeback. 

On Monday (Jan.17), the Crime Reduction Unit will return with a special focus on property crime, including theft of catalytic converters. 

In 2021, Mounties received 184 reports of stolen catalytic converters and an additional 13 attempted thefts.  

“We have seen an increase in the number of catalytic converter thefts in our community over the past year,” said Superintendent Dale Kendall of the Strathcona County RCMP. 

“Our detachment, along with our Crime Reduction Unit, will be taking a 360-degree approach to this problem by utilizing education, proactive efforts and enforcement to identify those responsible and conducting targeted enforcement initiatives with the goal of reducing property crime.” 

The Crime Reduction Unit will consist of a specialized team of six RCMP members to target crime through enhanced intelligence gathering and application. 

According to police, the units aim to identify high-risk and dangerous prolific offenders and aggressively stop their activities. The unit will also work to increase communication between agencies and frontline workers.