Crime Prevention - what can you do?
Rural Crime: Crime is a major concern for all residents not just in Rocky View but throughout Alberta. At the AAMDC (Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties) conference, the issue of rural crime was raised both to our provincial cabinet and the members of the opposition. They were well aware of the issues and identified and a Rural Crime Task Force is being created as a result. In speaking with other Rocky View Councillors, we all acknowledge that rural crime is one
of our top concerns and are committed to seeking solutions. Paul McLauchlin, the AAMDC Director for our area, had this to say: “From the convention I believe the unified issue that all of you and rural Alberta is having is Crime and Ambulance services and I will ensure that becomes the top of my Agenda.” It is this multi-pronged that will work the best at reducing crime.
There have been a number of break-ins in Bearspaw ranging from perpetrators ringing doorbells to see if anyone is home before breaking in to a snow plow driving into a garage door and taking it off its track. It is serious, please be careful.
What can you do? Lock your doors - property and vehicles. And, be mindful not to leave your keys in your vehicles (even if the vehicle is in your garage). If your vehicle is outside, do not leave the garage door opener in it.
Pay attention to suspicious activity and if you see anything report it. If you reside east of Bearspaw Rd, please call Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7254. If you are west of Bearspaw Rd, please call Cochrane RCMP 403-932-2211. Of course, if it is an emergency - dial 911.
I have been in contact with the Bearspaw Lions Club who run an email list to advise about public safety issues in the Bearspaw area. If you would like to stay informed, please send an email to email@example.com asking them to add you to the list. It is a free service courtesy of our amazing resident Lions' Club members. Your email address will not be shared - it will be used solely for the purpose of updating you on community watch issues. There is a Cochrane RCMP officer who is included in these emails so that any issues raised are known to the police.
As well, the Calgary Foothills Protective Association (CFPA) is the Cochrane RCMP's local chapter of Alberta Rural Crime Watch (ARCW). They are partnered with Alberta Fish and Wildlife and Rocky View Enforcement services. As they say, "having eyes and ears in rural communities is a huge benefit to the RCMP and all rural residents." They are in the process of developing a membership policy for larger rural communities in Rocky View, so if your community is interested, please drop them a line. Their cost for individual memberships is $15 per household.
Here is a link to the ARCW website http://ruralcrimewatch.ab.ca