We welcome you to attend our AGM on March 19, 2016 at Poplar Ridge Hall. We will have an address from the Solicitor General’s Department as well as the RCMP. The event begins at 10:00 am, with a lunch at noon. There will be reports from the RCW Executive and Committees, voting on bylaws, RCW Association name change, as well as the election of two additional Board members.
Our keynote speaker, Kerry Sauve will be speaking on personal security. He is a veteran officer with 20 years experience working in a maximum security facility. Kerry will be speaking on safety and crime prevention training; providing the average citizen with the ability to recognize, assess and mitigate threats to their safety across all environments.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Maskepetoon Rural Crime Watch (Red Deer/Lacombe Rural Community Crime Watch) was held on March 21st, 2015 at the Burbank Hall. Guest speakers included: Joe Bower-a public school teacher, who spoke about preventing crime in the public school system; Julian Veuger with the County of Lacombe Protective Services who spoke about disaster preparedness; Cst John Szerve from Blackfalds RCMP who spoke about crime trends & crime prevention & Alyssa Lloyd from the County of Red Deer Protective Services who spoke about the role of the County of Red Deer Protective Services.
After lunch the AGM was held, and the following RCW Executive and Board Members were elected. President-Becky Wylie Jardine; Vice President-Phil Mueller; Past President-Ernest Russell; Secretary-Leanna Hamilton; Treasurer-Barb Shepherd; Board Members-Jean Bota, Karen Ninkovich & Ken Wigmore. A huge welcome to the New Executive and Board!! The upcoming year will be very busy with many challenges and changes, and the 2015 Executive and Board look forward to serving the Blackfalds RCMP to the best of its ability.
Also a big thank you to the past RCW Executive & Board Members who worked very hard over the past years to keep Maskepetoon Rural Crime Watch going during some difficult times.
Rural Crime Watch Information Meetings have been held at numerous locations throughout Red Deer County over the past months. Shady Nook Community Centre, Linn Valley Community Centre, Balmoral Community Centre, Kneehill Valley Community Centre, Poplar Ridge Community Centre, Willowdale Community Centre, Markerville Community Centre, Ridgewood Community Centre, Gull Lake Community Centre and Pine Lake Community Centre all hosted meetings. All were well received, with anywhere between 50 to 100+ community members in attendance.
Several speakers have given brief presentations to the public at these meetings including: Councillors from RD County, RD County Patrol, RCW (Rural Crime Watch), C.O.P. (Citizens on Patrol), Central Alberta Crime Prevention Center, Victims Service and Blackfalds/Sylvan Lake/Innisfail RCMP Detachments. All citizens attending these meetings have expressed similar concerns about crime in their communities, how to prevent it, and how to get more involved.
Communities interested in hosting an information session, please contact us through the web page.
The RCMP in Blackfalds over the past two weeks have seen an increase in the number of thefts from vehicles and theft of vehicles. In most cases the RCMP are learning the vehicles were left unlocked and in the case of stolen vehicles, the keys were inside the vehicle.
These activities normally increase in the summer months. When it comes to theft of vehicles and theft from vehicles, these are CRIMES OF OPPORTUNITY. Thieves are more likely to go for the unlocked vehicles and it is even more enticing when the keys are inside. Our last spree of thefts from vehicles when subjects were arrested, investigation revealed they had checked approximately 70 vehicles in total. Out of the 70 vehicles approximately 25 were left unlocked, these ended up being the unfortunate victims.
Blackfalds Detachment would like to remind all residents of our Detachment area, please ensure you lock your vehicles and remove any keys to ensure you don’t become another victim. We would also encourage you to report any suspicious activity you observe as with the assistance of the community members both rural and municipal we can deter these criminal activities.
S/Sgt. Ken Morrison
NCO I/C Blackfalds Detachment