May 20th, 2019
 | Calgary, Alberta

Local News

Cochrane Eagle

Phone: 932-6588


Cochrane Times

Phone: 403-932-3500


Rocky View Weekly

Phone: 403-948-1885


Springbank Park Patter

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 Update May 1, 2019

We really do live and play in a very safe part of the world. And yet, we do have rural crime that comes at unpredictable times and in a variety of ways. This article encourages thought and planning of what to do if faced with an intruder on your property. Recall that intruders really are opportunists? Wanting easy targets of value and wanting not to be seen or caught. A suggestion is to disrupt the intruder’s perceptions and plans. Possible strategies might include:


• Making your presence known with assertiveness. And the presence of others

• Dogs

• Add noise: loud noise that continues

• Turn on bright lights inside and out

• Have cameras visible and recording

• Call 911 with location, nature and details

• Alert neighbours promptly

• (Many others you may wish to contribute)


These strategies may be accomplished in many ways - quickly and without much cost. Remember our strongest goal is the safety of ourselves and our family. Stuff is stuff. Be aware that most intruders’ actions are the product of some form of addiction or mental health. They can be very unpredictable, aggressive and violent. So please be completely cautious.


To reduce the perception of an easy target, continually do some basic things. Be entirely aware of what is usual in your area. Pay more attention to all suspicious activity. Record the details immediately in any handy form to assist with complete reporting. Actions taken while an intruder is scouting are more likely lead to crime prevention. Call in the suspicious activity to the RCMP using the complaint line 403 932 2211 for most of western Rocky View. Alert neighbours to be part of community defence.


Alberta Rural Crime Watch is the joint effort of 17,000 rural members throughout Alberta. We share experiences and tips through newsletters, websites and community meetings. New members are welcome. Check out the website for the local chapter - Cochrane Foothills Protective Association Become part of a community movement to send a message to would-be intruders. “Beware. These rural people are informed, prepared and connected to deter crime.”


We are much stronger when we work together. And we enjoy a better community.

Submitted by Jim Willson




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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