Property crimes and distracted driving are two things that Drumheller RCMP will be looking to cut down on in the coming year.
Following the release of a public policing survey, the detachment has set its policing priorities for 2017.
"The first one will be crime reduction and habitual offender management to make sure that we're monitoring the 10 per cent of the population who are responsible for 90 per cent of the crime," outlined Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles, who heads up the detachment. "It's those repeat offenders; we will have a chat with them and say, look, we're going to be watching you, keeping tabs on you and make sure you're following the rules and any conditions you're on."
"The survey identified that the public has concerns about break and enters, vandalism and thefts from vehicles," he noted. "We're going to look at a few different objectives in order to reduce those."
The online policing survey drew more than 500 respondents, who also pointed out concerns with traffic infractions, in particular distracted driving.
"We still see it and that blows my mind," exclaimed Charles. "It's been around for a few years now and it's been proven how dangerous it is, that you cannot focus on driving when you're texting or you're having that phone call. If it's that important find someplace safe and legal to pull over and park and then get on your phone and do what you have to do."
The fine for distracted driving is $287 and the province has added three demerit points on your license to the penalty.

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