Tam­per­ing with elec­tion signs may lead to charges

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

RCMP are re­mind­ing res­i­dents that even in a heated elec­tion cy­cle re­mov­ing, de­fac­ing of van­dal­iz­ing elec­tion signs is a crime.

The Mail learned from read­ers this week nu­mer­ous elec­tion signs be­long­ing to a can­di­date have been re­moved. Cor­po­ral Ger­ald Sherk of the Drumheller RCMP tells the Mail while he has not re­ceived any com­plaints about stolen signs, he re­minds res­i­dents this is still a crime.

“It would be the same if it was a mis­chief to the sign or theft if it were re­moved against some­one’s will. If they put it up and some­one takes it, it is tech­ni­cally a theft,” he said. “We would in­ves­ti­gate. That is the whole part of a demo­cratic so­ci­ety, ev­ery­body is al­lowed to pro­mote their can­di­date and who they would like to vote for, so re­mov­ing some­one else’s sign is still an of­fense.”

Through­out the prov­ince, po­lice say they are taking these of­fenses se­ri­ously. The Al­berta RCMP, Cal­gary Po­lice Ser­vice, and Edmonton Po­lice Ser­vice are urg­ing all Al­ber­tans to call the po­lice or Crime Stop­pers if they see any­one van­dal­iz­ing or steal­ing an elec­tion sign.

If you have informatio­n on this or any other type of crime, contact your lo­cal po­lice or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-2228477. Crime Stop­pers can also be con­tacted on­line at www. P3tips.com, or you can down­load the P3 Tips app for Android or Ap­ple on your smart­phone.

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