RCMP in the Acme and Linden areas have been busy in recent days trying to keep up with a rash of vehicle thefts.
At least three vehicles went missing from the two villages or nearby farmyards in the first week of August, something that Sergeant Glen Demmon of the Beiseker RCMP said is no longer uncommon.
"There's a pattern all over the place that's being experienced by all detachments this year, it's not something that's unique to us, but we're noticing further and further north in our detachment area like Acme and Beiseker, the numbers have definitely increased."
In previous years, most criminal activity in the Beiseker detachment coverage area was south of Beisker, around Irricana, and west towards Highway 2.
"I think the City of Calgary is maybe doing a lot of targetted enforcement and forcing these guys out," speculated Demmon. "They still have to do things to get cash or moneys to feed their habits: the drug business isn't a credit card business."
He added since the criminals are not about to change, the onus is on vehicle owners to lock them up and keep valuables out of sight.
"We see that all the time when we get the comments, "well I never lock my vehicle' or 'I never lock my door' out in the rural (area) or the communities further out," noted Demmon. "It's never been a problem before. Well, guess what? It is now, and it's not that it has never been a problem, you've just been lucky so far."
He also cautions people to call police if they see a possible crime in progress and not take matters into their own hands.