Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood is happy with the progress in the fight against rural crime.
According to the RCMP’s Mid-Year Report Card, rural property crime in Alberta was down 11 per cent from January to July 2018 when compared to the same
time last year. In addition, rural property crime was down a full 25 per cent in July when compared to the same month in 2017.
"I’ve heard firsthand stories, such as an incident where a family’s home was broken into and their mother’s ashes stolen. We’ve also heard of farm equipment being stolen, gas being siphoned and I’ve continued to hear concerns of RCMP response rates in the region," said Littlewood.
Police reported 2,358 fewer thefts across the province, 366 fewer homes were broken into and 648 fewer cars were stolen.
"Quite simply put, many are not feeling safe in their own homes," added MLA Littlewood. "We know there’s still more work to do. That’s why I’ll keep standing up for rural Albertans and the investments that make for a strong police force in our province."
Earlier this year, the Government of Alberta and RCMP developed a $10 million rural crime strategy. The plan put extra boots on the ground in local communities, built data centres (allowing police agencies to more easily share information across jurisdictions), introduced a special task force to target prolific offenders, increased funding for rural crime watch groups, increased funding to add more rural Crown prosecutors and provided bait vehicles and tracking technology for police.