September 19th, 2021
 | Calgary, Alberta

Local News

Cochrane Eagle

Phone: 932-6588


Cochrane Times

Phone: 403-932-3500


Rocky View Weekly

Publication suspended due to the impacts of COVID19

Phone: 403-948-1885


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Phone: 403-242-2223


High Country News

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Rural Crime Watch

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Cochrane Foothill Protective Association – Rural Crime Watch - AUG 2021

Oh’ the Days of Summer and Crime Prevention Tips

As we move into the “opened” Alberta, from the COVID lockdowns, we are all excited to get back to “normal” and get on with our lives.  This may include being more involved in your yard, biking, playing sports, etc.  Summer brings another opportunity for would-be thieves to strike.  Simple things that you can do, to secure your yard and items in it can be a factor in reducing crime in your neighborhood or area.

Simple things like:
- Locking your doors when you are working in the yard – easy for someone to come in the front when you are working out back.
- When done for the day, put the tools away so as to not invite would-be thieves into your yard to take them and have a look around or worse yet, use them to gain access to your house and out buildings.
- Lock up/ disable lawn mowers, scooters, bikes, and boats, etc.  Would-be thieves look for things that are easy to get to and can gain a decent dollar when sold.
- Turn on your outside light, and/or have a motion sensed light on the house and out buildings. Would-be thieves do not like to be seen.

- Be a good neighbor and keep an eye on your neighbour’s property if you know they are away.  If you are going away ask to have your property and house checked on.  Having your house checked on is also good for insurance coverage if you are going to be away for a while. You can follow RCMP Summer tips on Facebook.

Another prevalent crime, in the rural areas is hay theft, both from the fields and from the Stack Yards (storage yard).  One suggestion, thanks to one of our CFPA Board Members, is to put colored paper, in the bales as you are baling with the words THIS HAY HAS BEEN STOLEN FROM – YOUR NAME HERE – CALL ME AT – YOUR NUMBER HERE.  Should you sell your hay, all that is needed is to notify them of this paper and have them discard it when they see it.

Should you see suspicious activity in the community, contact the RCMP at 403-932-2211 or report to the RCMP on-line reporting system.

To learn more about Rural Crime Watch and CFPA, or to become a member, check out our website.

Have a safe summer!

Rosemary Lindsay, CFPA President



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!


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