Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer is touring the province talking to rural residents who say they are angry and want meaningful action to protect themselves against thefts and violence. | File photo

Minister speaks out on rural crime lawsuit

OKOTOKS, Alta. — The Alberta government is talking about taking harder line in its fight against rural crime. Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer is touring the province talking to rural residents who say they are angry and want meaningful action to protect themselves against thefts and violence. He also took the unusual step of speaking out […] Read more

Exposing the roots of rural crime

Rising mental health and addiction issues compound the problem, and top police officials from Alberta offer solutions

Addictions and mental health issues are on the rise in rural and urban Alberta, say top police officials, making crime increasingly challenging to tackle. The increase has strained services, they say, even though solutions to stem addictions and mental health problems are working. “Meth is driving most of our violence and most of our crime […] Read more

Despite efforts to reduce rural crime over the past couple of years, issues of property theft and break-and-enters continue to alarm small communities. | File photo

Alberta tour focuses on rural crime concerns

The government says it will use feedback from the meetings as a way to inform it on how to best resolve the issue

The Alberta government is touring the province to hear concerns about rural crime and to learn how to best resolve the issues. Despite efforts to reduce rural crime over the past couple of years, issues of property theft and break-and-enters continue to alarm small communities. “We want to see crime rates go down,” Doug Schweitzer, […] Read more


Canadians may now have more leeway, but arresting a trespasser or someone “invading” a farm is tricky. | Getty Images

Citizen’s arrest can be risky move for farmers

In 2009, David Chen became a hero to many Canadians. Chen, the owner of a small grocery mart in Toronto’s Chinatown, caught a criminal who had stolen plants from the store and locked him in the store’s truck. The police arrested Chen for his actions and the crown charged him with assault and forcible confinement. […] Read more

The Alberta government and RCMP announced today they're launching a initiative called Project Lock Up, an effort that combines the forces of RCMP and citizen-led groups to better respond to crime and to give victims access to prevention tools. | Twitter/@RCMPAlberta photo

Alta. RCMP launch new rural crime initiative

Rural landowners affected by crime will now have access to more resources to help protect their property. The Alberta government and RCMP announced today they’re launching a initiative called Project Lock Up, an effort that combines the forces of RCMP and citizen-led groups to better respond to crime and to give victims access to prevention […] Read more


RCMP Cst. Rob Eberly inspects a problem property near St. Paul, Alta. He is a member of the eastern rural crime reduction unit in Alberta, which is tasked with investigating, suppressing, apprehending and offering ways to help rehabilitate the five percent of individuals causing 95 percent of the crime in rural communities. |  Jeremy Simes photo

On the ground: Alta. RCMP tackle rural crime

The police force reports that the rural crime rate is down, but officers on the ground say more work needs to be done 


ST. PAUL, Alta. — While driving along lonely prairie roads in eastern Alberta, RCMP officers Rob Eberly and Tony Knowles are on their way to check on problem properties and individuals in the community. Their mission isn’t necessarily one of doing a high-profile sting operation, but one of gathering information and reaching out to residents […] Read more

Cases of rural property crime have decreased in Alberta since the province partnered with the RCMP to establish new units to tackle the issue. | File photo

Rural crime rate drops in Alberta

Cases of rural property crime have decreased in Alberta since the province partnered with the RCMP to establish new units to tackle the issue. Following her speech to rural representatives at the Rural Municipalities of Alberta fall convention, Justice Minister and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley said property crime across rural Alberta has dropped by 11 […] Read more

Rural residents affected by crime want stiffer penalties for young offenders, a federal committee studying the issue heard recently.


Rural residents want young offender changes

A parliamentary committee is also told that harsher sentences are needed to keep criminals behind bars longer

Rural residents affected by crime want stiffer penalties for young offenders, a federal committee studying the issue heard recently. Nick Cornea, a Briercrest, Sask., farmer who founded the Facebook page Farmers Against Rural Crime last February, said children as young as 11 are committing crimes without fear of a record or penalty. He represents about […] Read more


The survey results of Saskatchewan's consultation on trespass laws show the majority want mandatory permission to enter rural property. | File photo

Sask. trespass survey finds support for mandatory permission

The survey results of Saskatchewan’s consultation on trespass laws show the majority want mandatory permission to enter rural property. However, the response numbers were low. Only 1,601 people participated in the consultation held between Aug. 9 and Oct. 2. Two-thirds of the responses, or 1,039, said anyone who wants to enter privately owned rural property […] Read more

Robert Hampton's bison was shot and killed on his farm near Blueberry Mountain, Alta. | Robert Hampton photo

Bison shooting in Alberta described as ‘senseless killing’

An Alberta bison producer is hoping people will be on the lookout after someone shot and killed one of his animals. Robert Hampton, who farms near Blueberry Mountain, Alta., found late last month that one of his pregnant bison had died from a gunshot wound. He discovered the animal lying down alone roughly nine metres […] Read more