Prop­erty crime con­tin­ues into hol­i­day sea­son

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

Even now, as the hol­i­day sea­son is upon us, there are still some in the com­mu­nity that are look­ing for crimes of op­por­tu­nity.

Early in the morn­ing of De­cem­ber 23, there was a re­port of what ap­pears to be an at­tempted break-in at Drumheller Chrysler. Sales­man at the deal­er­ship, Jamie Wor­man, says it ap­pears the cul­prits at­tempted to gain ac­cess close to one of the rear ser­vice bays. A de­liv­ery truck ar­rived shortly af­ter, which likely scared the per­son re­spon­si­ble off.

Drumheller RCMP Staff geant Kevin Charles tells

they are con­tin­u­ing to see this kind of ac­tiv­ity in the val­ley.

“There are still peo­ple run­ning around com­mit­ting prop­erty crimes,” he said, adding that “So far we have been pretty suc­cess­ful at charg­ing peo­ple, but it is also that time of year where peo­ple ramp up their crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity be­cause they know there are crimes of op­por­tu­nity with pres- Ser- ents and gifts and peo­ple trav­el­ling out of town.”

“We want to stress that peo­ple watch out for one an­other and be vig­i­lant and re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­ior to us.”

In fact, overnight the RCMP re­sponded to a cou­ple calls of sus­pi­cious be­hav­ior and Charles says he ap­pre­ci­ates this.

“I like see­ing calls for sus­pi­cious per­sons be­cause while that means we don’t know if a crime is be­ing com­mit­ted, there is some­thing there that is not right in the neigh­bour­hood, we like that,” he said.

He adds there is a real and se­ri­ous cor­re­la­tion be­tween the in­crease of prop­erty crimes and the tough econ­omy.

“It is un­for­tu­nate be­cause peo­ple have a choice. There are op­tions avail­able to them, but un­for­tu­nately, some turn to crime to make ends meet. A lot of times though that doesn’t mean putting food on the table, it means feed­ing ad­dic­tions or other is­sues. I want to stress there are ser­vices and pro­grams avail­able to the pub­lic, even here in town. The first step is ask­ing for help and reach­ing out to these pro­grams and ser­vices.”

If any­one has in­for­ma­tion on this or any other re­cent crime, they can con­tact the Drumheller RCMP at 403-823-7590.

A se­cu­rity im­age of a per­son prowl­ing near Drumheller Chrysler in the early hours of Fri­day, De­cem­ber 23.

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