On May 21, 2013 we released the fourth of a series of spatial analysis reports, An Overview of Violence-Prone Areas in Hamilton Three Years Later. Its purpose was to evaluate any changes in the levels of violence in the city, since the implementation of the Service’s anti-violence ACTION strategy and provide evidence-based support to the strategic deployment of scarce resources within the city.
The ACTION strategy involves focusing police resources below the escarpment, in the downtown core and in the areas of high concentration of violent events while maintaining the flexibility to redeploy these resources, rapidly, to any location within the city of Hamilton in response to public safety concerns.
The report highlights encouraging results of the ACTION strategy. Here is a sample:
- over the past three years, violent, assaults and property crimes show double digit decreases
- drug crimes have increased 39%, which reflects the Service’s strategic focus
- when compared to the size of the violent hot spots calculated in 2009, the violence-prone areas have decreased by 36% in 2012 – our citizens in these priority neighbourhoods deserve the investment of ACTION and Neighbourhood Safety Program
The report clearly demonstrates that the strategy to combat violent crime is working and the results are evident city-wide. We are Making Headway on Hot Spots!
— Chief Glenn De Caire, Hamilton Police Services