Local RCMP met with representatives from different local communities to discuss crime and rural crime watch.

"It generated some questions and interest," said Sgt. Tim Schwartz with the RCMP. "The purpose here now is for the councils now to take it back to their tables to discuss and engage their communities."

Back when there was a larger amount of people living in these rural areas, they could have their own patrols to report any crime in their area.Rural Crime Watch logo

"Over the years I believe it was more a set up for patrol schedules where there would be three or four of the local folks in the community and they would have their opportunities and go out and patrol the area," said Schwartz. "Kinda be the ears in the eyes of the police."

Stories were shared at the meeting about how residents have witnessed or have been impacted by crime in their area, and some came forward with some of the solutions they have been using.

In order to keep up with the times and have their own "neighbourhood" patrol, many started using "Whatsapp" to keep in contact with each other, as farm houses aren't as close to each other as they used to be.

Many ideas and stories came forward at the meeting, all with the intention of preventing further crime.

"I just think rule crime watch is the responsibility of the RCMP, as well as in partnership with the communities," added Schwartz. "In order to keep our community safe we have to create these partnerships in this rural crime watch program with some new technology involvement an innovation that I think is going to be a way to enhance that safety of our communities and hopefully help prevent person or property crimes that may be happening."

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