The RCMP in Saskatchewan addressed the media Thursday over the rise of property crime in rural areas over the past year. While they do say it has increased, they initially didn’t provide any statistics on how much it has risen. However shortly after the conference, RCMP did send a link to the numbers, provided by Statistics Canada; the link is provided below. Two Superintendents were at the conference to discuss the issue with reporters, and one of them was the Commander of the Central District, Superintendent Mike Gibbs.
Gibbs said some people have expressed their frustration with response times, and they understand that, but what takes higher priority is a call where a person’s life is in danger. He also cautioned rural property owners to not take the law into their own hands, and instead should contact them.
“Crime reduction and prevention is based in community engagement and partnerships and initiatives. Part of that is people helping us keeping their property secured,” Gibbs said, “While we might long for the days when we didn’t have to remove our keys from our vehicles or locked our fuel tanks, those days are unfortunately gone.”
The other RCMP member at the conference was Superintendent Kris Vibe, the Administration and Personnel Officer. He said province-wide there’s 20 vacancies at various detachments.
“Although those numbers seem very low, there’s certain times in certain places we’re hit by a perfect storm, and we find ourselves short.” Vibe said
Some farmers in rural Saskatchewan, have been carrying firearms in their combines or vehicles, after a recent crime-spree in the west-central region of the province.