Gary Guichon, left, chats with Alberta RCMP livestock investigator Cpl. Lindsey Anderson about rustled cattle in the area.  |  Geoff Morrison photo

Documentary shows farm crime is no joke

The series profiles victims of crime in rural Canada, including stolen cattle, blueberries, bees, pigeons and oysters

Herds of rustled cattle, millions of stolen bees and a flock of pinched pigeons are only a handful of farm crimes that film producer Geoff Morrison displays in his new documentary series. The series, titled Farm Crime, tells the stories of farmers across the country who have been victims of crime. The documentary sets a […] Read more

Alberta’s United Conservative Party is proposing recommendations it hopes will reduce rural crime in the province.
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Legal use of force called for in Alberta

Alberta’s United Conservative Party is proposing recommendations it hopes will reduce rural crime in the province. One of those includes a push to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to support the use of force as self-defence. The opposition party said in a report released last week that sections 34 and 35 of the Criminal […] Read more

BeeSecure is a tracking device and app designed by Jeff Shirley of Rivercity Technology Services in Saskatoon through the government’s innovation challenge.
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BeeSecure property tracking app to fight rural crime tested in Sask. municipality

The prototype of a new device designed to help fight rural crime is now being tested in one Saskatchewan rural municipality. But it’s also for sale from the developer. BeeSecure is a tracking device and app designed by Jeff Shirley of Rivercity Technology Services in Saskatoon through the government’s innovation challenge. The government announced late […] Read more


Saskatchewan RCMP commanding officer Curtis Zablocki listens to rural municipal concerns at a Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities meeting in Kipling, Sask., earlier this month.  |  Karen Briere photo

RCMP works to build community relationships

The police force has held 87 town hall meetings and launched a new community familiarization program in Sask.

KIPLING, Sask. — Saskatchewan RCMP and the communities they serve are building new relationships, says assistant commissioner Curtis Zablocki. Speaking at the Division 1 meeting of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities earlier this month, he said 87 town hall meetings and a new community familiarization program show how detachments are reaching out. He said […] Read more

Battlefords RCMP officers held a town hall meeting in Denholm, Sask., June 6.  |  William DeKay photo

Town hall meetings designed to promote involvement

DENHOLM, Sask. — Keeping the public informed of police initiatives is a key way to reduce rural crime, said RCMP. “We want to get out there and share with the public the resources that we have and what they can do to help us in a rural environment in terms of being our eyes and […] Read more


The BeeSecure Asset Tracker recently won the Rural Crime Innovation Challenge organized by the Saskatchewan justice ministry.  |  Rivercity Technology photo

New technology protects property by tracking it

A new product designed to combat rural crime could upset any advantage thieves have over property owners in remote areas. Rivercity Technology developed an asset tracking system that uses a combination of GPS and cell network technology. It is capable of notifying users when an object is moved and track it. The BeeSecure Asset Tracker […] Read more

Saskatchewan should have a provincial association of rural crime watch areas similar to Alberta’s, said the president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities.
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SARM lobbies for return of rural crime watch

Saskatchewan should have a provincial association of rural crime watch areas similar to Alberta’s, said the president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities. Ray Orb said he and his western Canadian counterparts had a good discussion about crime during the Western Canadian Association meeting at the SARM office in Regina in late April. “We […] Read more

Nick Cornea never imagined that a Facebook page he started for farmers to discuss crime would take off the way it did.
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Farmers take rural crime fight online

Nick Cornea never imagined that a Facebook page he started for farmers to discuss crime would take off the way it did. A month after the Briercrest, Sask., farmer established Farmers Against Rural Crime, it had more than 16,225 members from coast to coast. What’s more, the discussion has been relatively respectful with many seeking […] Read more


Any person in Montana who uses force to defend himself can use that force only if they or another person are at risk of physical harm. | File photo

Stand your ground

CORRECTION – March 17, 2018 – 1420 CST – This story originally misspelled the name of the man shot by Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley. The young man shot by Gerald Stanley was Colten Boushie. In Montana it’s legal to stand your ground when threatened by another person. The law in Montana, however, doesn’t give landowners […] Read more

Edouard Maurice and his family leave Provincial Court in Okotoks, Alta., March 9 after he appeared on charges of aggravated assault, pointing a weapon and careless use of a firearm Feb. 24 following an alleged robbery at his rural home. The provincial government announced measures last week that it hopes will combat rural crime in the province. |  Mike Sturk photo

Alberta introduces new rural crime strategy

Rural Albertans can expect more RCMP officers on the ground, more civilian staff and more crown prosecutors to fight crime in their communities. The strategy, outlined by the province March 9, will cost $10 million. It includes 39 new officers, 40 civilian staff and eight to 10 crown prosecutors. As well, the plan includes tracking […] Read more