Rural Crime Watch & Guide Lights
On Wednesday, May 22nd, The County of Northern Lights Council hosted a Crime Watch Program presentation with guest speaker Corinna Williams.
The Rural Crime Watch program, as we know it, began in 1978 supported by four local Associations: The Alberta Cattle Commission, the Western Stock Growers’ Association, the Farmers Advocate, and the RCMP. The program was initially called the Range Patrol, established to provide additional “eyes and ears” for the RCMP, these groups organized vehicle patrols in an effort to identify and record suspicious vehicle and human activity in rural areas. Over time, the program was renamed “Alberta Rural Crime Watch”.
Prior to 1993, Rural Crime Watch Associations were not linked by a provincial body; in 1993 it was decided a province-wide umbrella group was needed to support and enhance crime prevention so a committee was formed to produce bylaws and policies. On March 19, 1995, the Alberta Provincial Rural Crime Watch Association (APRCWA) received official recognition as a Society and the APRCWA Organization has become a supportive Organization for Member Associations.
The focus of the Rural Crime Watch program still provides the extra “eyes and ears” for the RCMP, however, the focus has changed. The focus is now promoting Crime Prevention through awareness, education and encouraging reporting of suspicious activity when observed.
The scope of the Alberta Rural Crime Watch Association has expanded. Member Associations are now concentrating their efforts on farmstead, acreage and rural property security, property identification and general rural crime awareness. Patrol activities are not as frequent. A memorandum of Understanding has been signed with RCMP to work together with our partners:
- Alberta Fish & Wildlife with its "Report A Poacher" program
- Alberta Solicitor General
- Farmers’ Advocate of Alberta
- The ‘Crime Stoppers’ and ‘Citizens on Patrol’ (ACOPA) programs
The Rural Crime Watch Program was designed to reduce the incidence of crime in all rural areas and to create a more thorough understanding and awareness of the laws. It is completely voluntary involving all rural residents working in cooperation with their local RCMP detachments.
County of Northern Lights Council is supportive of the Rural Crime Watch Program and will assist in presenting awareness education through its newsletter and social media outlets and by encouraging participation in the program by offering free Rural Crime Watch and No Trespassing signs to all County residents who register for the Rural Crime Program.
The local chapter that County residents will belong to is called the Northern Sunrise RCW. Awareness & Education in the program extends to:
- Emails on what is happening in the community regarding crime
- Home Renovation Fraud
- Cheque Fraud
- Employee Theft & Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
- Identity Theft & many more topics.
County residents will need to come to the Manning Office to register for the Program and to receive their signs. The County will not mail out signs. To view the program in detail visit: www.ruralcrimewatch.ab.ca
In addition to the Rural Watch Crime program, Council has ordered and will have on-site, Guide Light bulbs for residents to purchase at cost. A Guide Light is a dual purpose light bulb which replaces your existing front entrance doorway bulb to alert EMS, First Responders and neighbours when you need help. It may also scare off, startle, or surprise intruders.
The Guide Light:
- Can change from normal white light to a flashing red emergency light;
- The flashing red light makes your home easier to find, especially in inclement weather;
- The flashing red light is accompanied by a siren alerting intruders and neighbours of your emergency situation;
- Is visible day or night and is a tool to prepare you for the unexpected;
- Helps EMS/First Responders find your home faster;
- Is a Life Saver by bringing help right to your door.
The Guide Light bulb will be available for purchase at the County Office; and because of their fragile nature, they will not be shipped out by mail. A demonstration guide light will be on display in the front lobby, for a quick informational video, please click here!
The first 25 residents will receive 1/2 off the regular price of $40.00
To further support crime prevention in our County, Council would like to inform residents that KEEP YOUR COMMUNITY SAFE (KYCS) GLOBAL INC. has created a Global ifind Bluetooth Identification Device. This 3” square low profile device hides easily in just about anything with wheels (Vehicle, OHV, Boat, RV, Motorcycle) and will help you find your asset when it wanders off on you. When your stolen asset comes within 700 meters of a detection system (User smartphone with Free App, Hub, RCMP, Ambulance) its location gets pinged and reported back to you via the KYCS App.
Also, Base Hub’s are set-up and located across the Peace Region. Become part of the Community Watch Network and purchase your Identification device at Patricia Ford in Manning. For further information on how this system can safeguard your assets visit: http://www.kycs.ca/or stop by Patricia Ford.
Three great ways do your part in protecting your community and staying safe:
- Rural Crime Watch Program
- Guide Light
- KYCS Global iFind Bluetooth ID Device