February 29th, 2020
 | Calgary, Alberta

Local News

Cochrane Eagle

Phone: 932-6588
Link: http://www.cochraneeagle.com/


Cochrane Times

Phone: 403-932-3500
Link: http://www.cochranetimes.com/


Rocky View Weekly

Phone: 403-948-1885
Link: http://www.rockyviewweekly.com/


Springbank Park Patter

c/o www.springbankpark.com
Phone: 403-242-2223


High Country News

Box 476, Bragg Creek, Ab, T0L 0K0
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Phone: 403-949-3526


Rural Crime Watch

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Rural Crime Watch Message – January 2020



Each rural community develops its own means of alerting neighbours of a threat such as fire, flood or intruders. More than a century ago, the continuous ringing of church bell or the continuous whistle of a steam engine would signal “Pay attention. Help needed. Come to muster point”. Into the last half of 20th century, party line phones provided a means to alert all on the same line by an unusual or long ring. Today most people carry a smart phone with features to provide broad distribution of an alert message. The key is a system known to all. Consider using more of the smart phone features in a  proactive community support group to quickly alert others. Have all names in the phone contact list and then assemble contact groups to easily send texts and photos. Share phone techniques so all in your group are competent to participate. Make alert messages brief, accurate and prompt. When using the camera, experiment with magnification, flash, focus, etc. Use two quick clicks on the home button to turn on the camera at any time. Use the compass or maps to identify locations not familiar to you. Minimize personal information of others on your phone. Use the lock feature to minimize access if you lose the phone. Group communication apps are available; however only adopt alert protocols that are most accessible and effective for your group. The vigilance and alerts of everyone helps deter crime for you and the whole community.



Check out the news and links on our website https://cfparcw.ca/. Invite your neighbours to also become part of our community crime prevention movement to send a message to would-be intruders. “Beware. These rural people are informed, prepared and connected to deter crime.”


If you have any information, comments or questions to share in the next newsletter, please submit to the general CFPA email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We are Rural Crime Watch, a network of concerned residents, committed to making a safer community through basic crime prevention principles. Our security is greatly enhanced when we work together as good neighbours.

Writer – Jim Willson


Kim’s comment: If you have an alarm system that texts you alerts (text; email) on things like fire; glass breakage; door opening or motion, but your system isn’t technically “monitored by an outside company” you may still qualify for having a monitored system – since you’re the one monitoring. Some insurance companies now consider this to be monitored. Not only could this save you on insurance costs, but also on monitoring costs. Check with your company.   




The site has been around for over a decade now and is currently being updated and revised to better reflect the Springbank area and its broad and varied community. We plan on adding Facebook to the site, as well as building a complete listing of area services and businesses, along with public interest articles, local history, and upcoming events. The site also allows for personal adds, and is meant to complement the SPFAS site and recreational activities now covered. We invite your input/comments as we go forward in helping to build our great community!


Ian Galbraith & Cindy Turner
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