An Alberta fraud investigation results in 19 cattle being recovered near Spiritwood, Sask.  |  RCMP photo

Alberta cattle seized in Sask.

Two people have been charged with fraud over $5,000 after an RCMP investigation into cattle in several locations in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Shane and Shanon Hoff of Two Hills, Alta., are to appear in Vegreville Provincial Court on Oct. 18 after cattle were allegedly purchased with a fraudulent cheque and transported out of the province […] Read more

Alberta SPCA provincial supervisor Stuart Dodds, left, and Alberta Environment and Parks conservation officer Rob Spellicy receive 11 bales that were recovered from a rural property. | Alberta SPCA photo

Hay theft reflects level of farmer desperation

RCMP investigate after grass was illegally hayed in an Alberta park and bales stolen before they could be recovered

Theft of about $10,000 in hay bales gathered without a permit from a provincial park in Alberta, and then allegedly stolen before they could be donated to a charity, is being seen as an example of the desperate situation many livestock producers face. Due to widespread drought and heat waves that have caused poor hay […] Read more

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MP’s bill targets rural crime with harsher sentences

A Conservative MP is trying to tackle rural crime by introducing a law that would punish more severely those accused of targeting remote and vulnerable people or property. Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins brought his proposed law to parliamentarians on April 20. “Rural Canadians too often don’t feel safe in their own homes. Many have […] Read more


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MP introduces bill to tackle rural crime

A Conservative MP is trying to tackle rural crime by introducing a law that would punish more severely those accused of targeting remote and vulnerable, people or property. Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins brought his proposed law to parliamentarians on April 20. “Rural Canadians too often don’t feel safe in their own homes. Many have […] Read more

According to an RCMP news release, each bag is worth an estimated $225,000. If all the grain becomes unusable after exposure to weather, total damage could be nearly $2 million. | Pincher Creek RCMP photo

Police look for grain bag vandals

Eight grain bags filled with barley were damaged by vandals at the end of January near Pincher Creek, Alta., and the local RCMP detachment is seeking information. According to an RCMP news release, each bag is worth an estimated $225,000. If all the grain becomes unusable after exposure to weather, total damage could be nearly […] Read more


Many farmers and landowners believe crime and vandalism are worse than ever in the province.
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Manitoba takes stock of rural crime

On the Manitoba Crime Stoppers site, there’s a long list of items stolen from rural properties and businesses. Snowmobiles, ATVs, dirt bikes and tools are common items on the list. But in March, thieves stole a Kubota tractor and solar batteries from a property in Manitoba’s Interlake region. Many farmers and landowners believe crime and […] Read more

RCMP South District commander Kevin Kunetzki speaks during the meeting. | Karen Briere photo

Policing review alarms SW Sask.

‘Super-hub’ term sparks fears regional RCMP services will be consolidated, but senior officer attempts to put 
minds at ease

MAPLE CREEK, Sask. — Residents of southwestern Saskatchewan aren’t buying RCMP claims that detachments won’t close and policing service won’t be diminished after a review is complete. Many of the 415 people attending a public meeting in Maple Creek Jan. 15 said they weren’t reassured by comments from South District officer superintendent Kevin Kunetzki that […] Read more

Prevention, deterrence and surveillance are considered to be the central elements in a successful crime reduction program.  |  File photo

Police pleased with rural Crime Watch success

The program has expanded to 190 Saskatchewan rural municipalities from eight or nine that were in existence in 2017

Criminal activity will always be a concern in remote areas of Saskatchewan where police presence is limited, says Mel Zurvinsky, an RCMP corporal who specializes in working with rural communities and preventing rural crime. However, preventive measures can have a huge impact on deterring criminal activities and reducing personal losses. The use of surveillance cameras, […] Read more


Tim Brodt, councillor in the RM of Edenwold, said that municipality was one of the first to hire a CSO and is pleased with the result. | Screencap via sarm.ca

Community safety officers in short supply in Sask.

Saskatchewan’s community safety officer program is an option for municipalities looking for bylaw enforcement and low-risk policing needs, but only about 30 officers have been hired since the program’s rollout five years ago. Daryl Chernook, program manager for the province’s corrections and policing ministry, said CSOs can be another presence in rural areas to help […] Read more

Provincial justice minister Doug Schweitzer said a Rural Alberta Provincial Integrated Defence Force (RAPID) will be created that will train about 400 sheriffs, fish and wildlife officers and commercial vehicle enforcement personnel to respond to 911 calls about rural crime. The idea is to reduce response times when no RCMP officers are near. | Screencap via Facebook/Doug Schweitzer

Alberta introduces measures against rural crime

Rural crime is a real concern for Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon. “Each Sunday night I get in a car and I drive from my remote farm west of Sundre 300 kilometres to Edmonton. … And each night that I go to bed in my condo in Edmonton, I think is tonight the night that […] Read more