Holiday season popular time for mail theft

Be cautious with mail and Amazon packages

In the last week, Rimbey RCMP responded to 54 calls for service. These files include, but are not limited to: six break and enter investigations, one assault file; one assault on police officer investigation; three impaired driving occurrences and eight suspicious activity complaints.

On December 1, 2019 at approximately 9:20 p.m. a complaint was received where a witness had seen at least two males drinking from a whiskey bottle in a vehicle. Officers quickly attended and when they approached the vehicle the driver exited with keys in hand. The male from the driver’s seat appeared unsteady on his feet, and when the officer got closer the smell of alcohol could be detected, his speech was slow, and he had glossy eyes. The male was arrested and brought back to the detachment for further testing. The driver was ultimately charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and fail/refusal to comply with a demand and is to appear in court January 3, in Rimbey.

The holiday season tends to be a popular time for mail theft. Thieves will target mailboxes in search of all sorts of goodies – cash, gift cards, parcels, you name it. To avoid becoming a victim of mail theft please check your mailboxes often and promptly and please avoid sending cash or cheques in the mail if you can help it. Also, try to avoid having packages delivered to your front door if you are not home during the day. Unattended packages are goldmines to thieves, and no one wants to see their Amazon treasures go missing from their front stoop. Check with a trusted friend or neighbor to see if you can have your items delivered to their homes, or have your packages delivered to your work address, or shipped directly to the local post office.

In the festive season, with many parties to attend, please plan ahead if you intend to be consuming alcohol. Make sure to name a designated driver, walk, or take a taxi to and from your festivities so you will not be tempted to get behind the wheel. Impaired driving is never okay and carries heavy sanctions ranging from vehicle seizures and license suspensions to criminal charges – or worse. If you see a driver you suspect to be impaired, be sure to call 911 or the complaint line at 403-843-2223 with as much information about the vehicle and driver as you can safely get.

If you have information on this or any other crime, contact your local RCMP Detachment at 403-843-2224 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers can also be contacted online at www.P3tips.com, or you can download the P3 Tips app for Android or Apple on your smart phone. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash award.

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