Po­lice urge res­i­dents to re­port all crimes

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles says while no one likes to be the vic­tim of a crime, it is im­por­tant for res­i­dents to let the po­lice know when they be­come one.

In cof­fee shops, on the street and on so­cial me­dia, there are all kinds of sto­ries about res­i­dents be­ing vic­tim­ized by crim­i­nals, Charles says it is im­por­tant to help the po­lice in­ves­ti­gate by let­ting them know.

“It has been brought to my at­ten­tion there have been crimes oc­cur­ring in the val­ley such as break ins and theft of prop­erty which has not been re­ported to po­lice,” he said.

“I want to stress, it is very im­por­tant that the RCMP be no­ti­fied of any and all crimes.”

He has heard a num­ber of rea­sons for peo­ple not re­port­ing crimes. It could be be­cause they feel it won’t help, in­sur­ance won’t cover the loss, or they don’t want to get in­volved.

“I have heard peo­ple say ‘it’s not that big of a deal,’ or ‘I didn’t want to bother the po­lice,’” he said. “We aren’t naive enough to say we can solve ev­ery crime, but we will do our best.”

He said it is help­ful for po­lice to know where th­ese in­ci­dents are oc­cur­ring so they can watch for trends or hot spots. That way they can ad­just their pa­trols ac­cord­ingly. In the case of one or two peo­ple in­volved in a crime spree, know­ing where th­ese hap­pen can help the po­lice in­ves­ti­gate by estab­lish­ing timelines.

“That has hap­pened in the past where we have cap­tured peo­ple and we have gone back and de­ter­mined where they trav­elled and what of­fense they have com­mit­ted,” he said. “The pub­lic is the eye and ears for us, we can’t be ev­ery­where.”

He said there have been a num­ber of oc­ca­sions where they have ap­pre­hend a crim­i­nal in a ve­hi­cle or ex­e­cuted a search war­rant and dis­cov­ered what they be­lieved to be stolen items. The po­lice then try to lo­cate the own­ers of the prop­erty.

“We are then still left with a pile of prop­erty we be­lieve is stolen how­ever, we can’t prove it be­cause peo­ple have never re­ported to us that it had been stolen,” he said. “We can’t prove it was stolen and now we have to re­turn it to the peo­ple we charged.”

“We be­lieve all crime is im­por­tant. To you, you might think it is not a big deal but to us it is se­ri­ous be­cause a lot of times that small de­tail could be a link in a larger case.”

We be­lieve all crime is im­por­tant.... you might think it is not a big deal but to us it is se­ri­ous.” S/Sgt Kevin Charles

Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles... Drumheller RCMP

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