Edmonton’s 40th homicide has police “busy,” but the situation is “manageable,” as the EPS rolled out some statistics to recap the year. Of the forty, 20 have been cleared with arrests and are at some point in the court system. Of those 20, in 13 instances the victim has known the accused.
A dozen of the 40 are drug related. Twenty-one have been in private residences. And the 40 are on par with 2011 when at this point in mid-November there were 43 homicides, that eventually became 48 on the year.
“In looking over the stats it’s very similar to every other year,” said Det Rob Bilawey. “This year is not anything different than any other year. There’s ebbs and flows with crime every year. Some years there’s a higher number of violent crimes, other year’s there’s less.”
“Our analysts are working on the reasons why this year is slightly more. I wouldn’t categorize it as we’d have to be worried.”
“The majority of crimes,as homicides, they happen late at night or early in the morning. The average citizen of Edmonton shouldn’t be worried. It’s a very safe city,” Bilawey told reporters.
In other years guns became the weapon of choice. However the stats don’t prove that out this year. “The weapons are everything from bats, to knives, to guns. There’s no gun problem here. Every weapon seems to be different in this case.”
While a 50 per cent clearance rate might seem low, Bilawey said they’re closing in on closing other files in the next short while. When I say there’s been 20 cleared already there’s other cases we’re quite confident that are going to be cleared. It’s just a matter of getting that last piece of evidence to proceed or we’re just getting some consultation from the crown.”
Edmonton’s 40th homicide, confirmed Tuesday was from an incident Sunday morning where a 42 year old visitor from Colombia was declared dead after a beating at 97th street and 119th avenue.