November 12th, 2019
 | Calgary, Alberta

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Rural Crime Watch

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The Best Rural Crime Watch Practice is …….. 


What is the most critical thing to do to prevent rural crime?  There are several. This message focuses on one. Record what you see. 


Thieves look for opportunities by scouting through the windshield for likely targets with items of value and minimal resistance. That is the time when our action is most fruitful.  If we can identify the thieves while they are scouting, we may avoid a theft and provide information leading to an arrest. 


We know to watch continually for suspicious activity. Often watching is an ongoing event. By that I mean, we see something at a distance. We check a little closer and look for information to affirm or discount as being suspicious.  We may even call persons we know in the area for additional information. Information may be lost by the scouting thief driving away. A phone has a camera. A quick picture is a good start. This is enhanced by details of any vehicle, licence plate, people.  As we have information, we need to record for reference. Really? Yes, because when we record, we are more likely to complete a description that is useful to law enforcement. Secondly if we have a record, we may be better prepared if we see the same suspicious activity later or in another location. The purpose of being aware and reporting is to provide the most accurate information possible. And sometimes we forget details.  Reporting provides law enforcement with incidents that when combined lead to a pattern and an arrest. The recording can easily be made on a smart phone using a picture, video, or voice input. A draft text works well. Some people use a dash cam. Or perhaps just keep a very simple note pad in the glove box with a pen clipped on. Another record is security cameras. All very effective.  


It is easy to be aware and note unusual activity. It is little more effort to figure out if really suspicious needing reporting. The record is an excellent resource.   


ALERT  Thieves are active in our community. At 5:30 am, on Oct 31, thieves entered two properties in West View Estates. They stole items in unlocked vehicles and items from a detached garage. 


Be prepared and willing to look out for suspicious activity. It is effective and makes a difference to you, your family and our community. 


Jim Willson  

Rural Crime Watch     




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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