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.
| Screencap via www.ruralcrimewatch.ab.ca

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.
 | Screencap via Facebook/Farmers Against Rural Crime

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


What Canadian law says about self-defence

Stand your ground laws in the United States generate a lot of negative press, possibly because the phrase implies that people should become vigilantes rather than flee the scene and call the police. In Canada, though, the laws around self-defence are surprisingly similar to stand your ground legislation. “Generally, when it comes to your own […] Read more

Goodale said the problems won't go away with one or two meetings but being candid is important. | Twitter/@RalphGoodale photo

RCMP to hold meetings on rural policing, public safety

Federal public safety minister Ralph Goodale says the public meetings Saskatchewan’s 87 RCMP detachments are holding will help open lines of communication. Speaking to reporters in Regina March 9, the minister said the fact that people at some of the first meetings have said they would defend their property any way they can is concerning. […] Read more

Justice minister Kathleen Ganley stands next to Todd Shean, deputy commissioner with the Alberta RCMP. Ganley announced new funds to help fight rural crime. | Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta’s $10M rural crime strategy includes more officers, better co-ordination

Tracking technology for farm equipment and vehicles will also be utilized

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 Friday, will cost $10 million. It includes 39 new officers, 40 civilian staff and anywhere from eight to 10 crown prosecutors. As well, the plan includes […] Read more


An increase in rural crime rates in Alberta and long distances from police services can put landowners in a precarious situation.  |  Getty Image

Rural shooting in Alberta sparks calls for action

Ranchers vow to support landowner charged in shooting, but rural crime watch group warns against using guns

Sympathies and concerns are both being expressed in rural Alberta following charges laid against a rural Okotoks-area man alleged to have shot and injured a person whom he believed to be stealing his property. Edouard Maurice, who lives just outside Okotoks, is scheduled to appear in court March 9 on charges of aggravated assault, pointing […] Read more

Premier Rachel Notley said March 8 that the government and the RCMP have partnered to come up with plans on combating rural crime in the province. | Jeremy SImes photo

Alta. and RCMP partner to increase efforts on fighting rural crime

The Alberta government is planning to increase efforts on combating rural crime in the province. During the throne speech at the legislature Thursday, Alberta lieutenant governor Lois Mitchell announced new initiatives that both the province and the RCMP will undertake to address rural crime. She said the initiatives include investing in new tracking technology and […] Read more