It's something that happens all too often around Drumheller and area these days. Someone, whether it's in town or the rural area, wakes up in the night to find someone prowling around their property.

Corporal Gerald Sherk is the acting detachment commander of the local RCMP detachment. He hears these kinds of reports all the time.

"We like to hear from the public when they do see these things," he told Drum FM. "We like these things reported and although it's often evident we couldn't actually do anything about it, if we have those reports, then we at least have something to build from: we know where the suspicious activity is happening, we know where we can focus patrols and we know who we can follow up with."

Sherk is aware that many people use social media to report potential crime, but he adds that's not the same as calling police and making a report.

"People go right to it, they're really quick to report things there and we'll see things on social media because we do have people who will be on social media platforms, but it still doesn't replace actually reporting an incident to police," he stated. "We need to know about it when it's happening; we also need to know about it even when it happened last night. Information pays off a lot."

Sherk said most of the property crime in Drumheller and immediate area can be traced back to one group of people, but he added the police can only do so much to keep them off the street.

"We only have control over what happens to a person after they've been remanded or even in the remand process based on what information can we bring forward (to the Crown)," he explained. "We put all the information together and it's up to a Crown Counsel to present that information and it's up to a Justice or a judge to make those decisions. They do get released, but (if) we do our job we can put them right back in."

If you suspect a crime may be occurring or about to take place call 911. If you have information about a crime, call the Drumheller RCMP at 403-823-7590 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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