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


Eddie Maurice is still dealing with the fallout of using his gun to defend his rural property but he says he would do it again.
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Farmer urges more self-defence legislation

Eddie Maurice is still dealing with the fallout of using his gun to defend his rural property but he says he would do it again. The farmer from Okotoks, Alta., was arrested and charged last February after he fired warning shots to scare off two thieves. A ricochet bullet injured one of them, and resulted […] Read more

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