April 22nd, 2019
 | Calgary, Alberta

Local News

Cochrane Eagle

Phone: 932-6588
Link: http://www.cochraneeagle.com/

 

Cochrane Times

Phone: 403-932-3500
Link: http://www.cochranetimes.com/

 

Rocky View Weekly

Phone: 403-948-1885
Link: http://www.rockyviewweekly.com/

 

Springbank Park Patter

c/o www.springbankpark.com
Phone: 403-242-2223

 

High Country News

Box 476, Bragg Creek, Ab, T0L 0K0
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Phone: 403-949-3526

 

Rural Crime Watch

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Rural Crime Watch April 1, 2019

 

Intruders seem to flourish with spring and more light. Intruders are primarily opportunists, looking for things to steal.

 

Lets’ recap what statistics and anecdotes tell us:

 

  • 70% of thefts relate to drugs, addictions, mental health
  • 95% of thefts involve vehicles, often stolen
  • 90% of thefts are preceded by scouting
  • More than 70% of thefts involve a residence

 

A SMALL NUMBER OF PROLIFIC OFFENDERS RESPONSIBLE FOR LARGE NUMBER OF THEFTS

 

The goals in stealing are:

 

  • Target property is easy to scout and enter
  • Items of value, not marked or traceable
  • Items that are easy to carry and easy to sell
  • Get in and get out in two minutes
  • Criminals do not want  to be seen, identified or get caught
  • Have access to their vehicle (often stolen)

 

ADDRESS THESE GOALS TO REDUCE THE PERCEPTION OF AN EASY TARGET

 

Our best defences towards intrusions are:

 

  • Be constantly aware of what is usual, or suspicious
  • Check out (safely) the suspicious activity and record all details
  • Promptly alert  neighbours and call in to police so the activity may be pieced together with other like calls

 

Tools for shifting from having neighbours to community in the age of smart phones are to be part of a digital network of neighbours. While apps are being developed eg https://go.nextdoor.com/ca-en or https://neighborsnetworkfl.org/, basic smart phone apps use also work. Examples are group contacts in email and text, special message platforms such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger, or limited access Facebook pages.    The goal is to be rural neighbours who help and stimulate each other. Anything that works is best for you and your neighbours. Let’s change the perception of would-be intruders of rural dwellers to:

 

THIS COMMUNITY IS PROBABLY PREPARED, NETWORKED AND NOT AN EASY TARGET.

 

Jim Willson

Rural Crime Watch

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myspringbank

The site has been around for over a decade now and is currently being updated and revised to better reflect the Springbank area and its broad and varied community. We plan on adding Facebook to the site, as well as building a complete listing of area services and businesses, along with public interest articles, local history, and upcoming events. The site also allows for personal adds, and is meant to complement the SPFAS site and recreational activities now covered. We invite your input/comments as we go forward in helping to build our great community!

 

Ian Galbraith & Cindy Turner
403-630-3650
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