A recent crime wave in Drumheller and surrounding communities has police forces reminding people not to forget about them.
"There's been some break-ins to sheds and outbuildings in the valley and some property has been stolen, but it hasn't been reported to the police and my question is why not?" asked Sergeant Kevin Charles, who heads up the Drumheller RCMP detachment. "The reason I've heard is it's not a big deal or we don't want to bother the police, and I was a little disappointed in hearing that."
"We need to know the areas in which crime is occuring, we kind of refer to them as hot spots," continued Charles. "We can respond in several ways: we can modify our patrols, we can increase our visbility (and) we have other techniques I really can't get into, but certainly modify the way we respond."
It's not just for the benefit of police either that Charles feels you should call police whenever you think a crime may have occured.
"A lot of times we're left with a quantity of property that we believe is stolen, but if we can't prove it we can't lay that charge," he pointed out. "What happens when people don't report it to us is unless the accused admits to us they stole it, it's difficult to prove it's stolen so we may end up having to return that property to the accused."
Contact the Drumheller RCMP at 403-823-7590. If you don't want anyone to know who you are you can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).