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The problem of rural crime

Break-ins, assaults, area. The reality is
vehicle thefts, From the that staffing enough
vandalism and more Publisher’s Desk RCMP for a 'minutes'
Dana McArthur
—the nature and response time like the
violence of rural crimes cities —is never going
is escalating and making local to happen in rural Alberta.
residents increasingly worried in Is the problem of rural crime necessarily
their communities. related to the recent economic
Some recent crimes, including a downturn? Maybe not, organized crime,
vehicle theft and assault on a senior drugs, and gangs who see an opportunity
in Yellowhead County are extremely also are factors.
serious and would be shocking even Is it possible for parts of rural Alberta
by big city standards. Offenders to share a mobile task force that can
range from locals to outsiders, many move in quickly when a rural crime
with repeat criminal records. spree or violent crime takes place?
Everyone has the a right to feel —sure. But that takes the political will
safe and when that right is to make something happen, and it's no
threatened or even taken away, secret many services are being drawn
people will react. Over 170 rural out of rural Alberta and into the cities.
Riding Update: residents turned out for the recent What is possible right now is restarting Letter to the Editor Policy
Rural Crime Task Force launched by and expanding the Yellowhead Rural
the Conservative Members of Crime Watch in the County which The Weekly Anchor welcomes letters to the
Parliament of rural Alberta, hosted stopped functioning due to a lack of editor
Open Letter: by local MP Jim Eglinski. volunteers.
Residents brought many stories of yourself and your property may be the All letters are published at the discretion of
But for now learning to protect
being victims of crime and raised
Misadventures concerns of personal safety and only quick answer. Lock your doors the editor-publisher who reserves the right to
edit for clarity, length and libel. Letters
even during the day, lock vehicles
property security. They also raised
published do not necessarily reflect the
concerns with local RCMP response always and do not leave them running, policies or beliefs of this newspaper. All
times. lock gates, light areas you can see, and
Simply put, however, Yellowhead put your stuff away. These are just a few letters must bear the name of the writer and
County like much of rural Alberta is things that can help make a difference, include the address and telephone number,
a very large and sparsely populated for now. which will not be published.


Eric Rosendahl Jim Eglinski
United Conservatives announce Task Force on Rural Crime MP Yellowhead

My In an address on November 17 to the meaningfully with Albertans on this critical a common-sense action plan that will address
ViewPoint Alberta Association of Municipal Districts issue – something that the NDP has been the NDP's neglect on this very important

by Adrienne Tait and Counties (AAMDC) Fall Convention, unwilling to do for more than two years issue.
United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney now.” “This task force brings a wealth experience
announced the creation of the UCP's Task In the coming months, the Task Force will that will help us get to the bottom of this
Force on Rural Crime, which will work to travel to rural communities hit hard by the crisis and develop practical, common-sense
address the current increase in rural crime sharp increase in crime, and listen to their solutions that will have a positive impact on
affecting Alberta's rural families. ideas on how to make life safer for Alberta's victims,” said Kenney. “We all have a right
“As I travelled across the province over the rural families. to feel safe in our own homes and there's no
last 18 months, the overwhelming message I The Task Force membership will consist of question the NDP has let rural Albertans
received from rural Albertans was that they UCP MLAs Angela Pitt, Mike Ellis and Don down when it comes to keeping their
are fed up with NDP inaction to address the MacIntyre, along with local municipal and communities safe. If the NDP won't step up
escalating crime rates in their communities,” law enforcement officials. They will also be and address this problem, the UCP will.”
said Kenney. “The Task Force will engage tasked with reporting back to the caucus with

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