You may have noticed, there have been more RCMP cruisers keeping any eye on rural crime here in Foothills County.
In response to concerns about the increasing statistics of rural crime, Foothills County ran an initial three-month pilot program from October to December 2018.
This pilot project increased the RCMP presence in the Foothills with additional officers assigned to the region. The program was a joint project with detachments in Okotoks, Turner Valley and High River.
Property crimes and traffic safety were the focus of the initiative. According to RCMP statistics and community feedback, the initiative was largely successful.
At the January 16, 2019 Council meeting, Foothills County Councillors voted unanimously to extend the enhanced policing strategy for the municipality. Council has committed $150,000 to run the program to the end of 2019.
This program with increased RCMP presence along with increased traffic enforcement is to begin in February.
RCMP will present official statistics from the enhances policing program in March.
Join a Rural Crime Watch Association within the MD of Foothills
Okotoks Rural Crime Watch
High River: 403.652.2356
Turner Valley/Black Diamond: 403.933.4262
Thieves often look for opportunity or an easy target, so it is important to make your home as secure as possible. If we make our entire neighbourhood a difficult place to commit a crime, it will discourage thieves. Here are some ideas that will help to make your home, and our whole neighbourhood, safer from thieves:
Observe – Record – Report
The RCMP encourages anyone who witnesses suspicious or dangerous activity to contact their office and make a formal complaint.
A security gate at the entrance to your property is the owner’s responsibility. When you provide gate information to Foothills Regional 911 Dispatch Center, they provide that information to emergency responders when there is an emergency at your property.
Register your gate information with our Foothills Regional 911 Dispatch Centre. An information note will be added to your address in our Computer-Aided-Dispatch records, so it will come up automatically when you call in, if from a land line. If you call from a cell or VOIP phone, when you give your address and they enter it in, the info will come up in the system as it is attached to your land location and 911 address.
Include your name, legal address, 911 address, phone number, type of gate and lock details. You will receive an acknowledgement.*
*Please note: Security gate information provided to 911 Foothills Regional Dispatch is confidential and will only be used in case of an emergency.
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