Rural property crime rises

By Leah Murray
August 16, 2017 - 4:43pm

REDCLIFF, AB — Redcliff RCMP say there’s been a spike in rural property crime between April 1st and June 3rd of this year.

In those three months, there were 57 property crimes reported, up from 24 in the first quarter of 2017.

Mounties say they’re seeing a concerning increase in the number of crimes involving stolen vehicles.

They are seeing cars, trucks and SUVs being stolen from all over the county, including Redcliff and Medicine Hat, and then dumped in rural areas.

Staff Sargent Sean Maxwell is asking people to take extra steps to protect their property to help prevent them from becoming victims of crime.

“We would appreciate residents of Cypress County, Redcliff, event the City of Medicine Hat just being careful with their vehicles,” he said. “Take their personal belongings out of there, any valuables, making sure they’re locked and making sure their keys are not in their vehicles.”

Maxwell said they aren’t sure exactly what led to the spike. It could be connected to a number of factors including the time of year and even increases in drug use. He said they are looking into it.

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