Leduc County Mayor John Whaley said ever since the downturn in the economy, crime has become a real problem in rural areas.
“It’s breaking into shops, stealing trucks, stealing quads, anything that’s of value, just stealing it,” said Whaley. “In Leduc County we’ve had a few home invasions over the last year as well, which doesn’t help. People are getting agitated. They’re wondering what can we do? Somebody suggested vigilante action. Well, okay, we’re not ready to go down that road yet.”
Whaley said rural residents would like to see an increased RCMP presence, but he realizes the provincial government is cash-strapped.
“You look at SARM, which is the Assocation of Rural Municipalities in Saskatchewan. They passed a motion there to allow people to protect their own home without being put in jail, basically. If it keeps getting worse here, you’ll see that sort of thing happening here, and we don’t want to go there.”
The Wildrose Party says members of its caucus will be fanning out across Alberta to hear about the impact of rising crime in rural communities. (td)