Rimbey RCMP detachment investigated 49 files in this reporting period. Highlights include several sexual assault cases, thefts, break and enter, criminal harassment, a house fire and other serious matters.
On August 22, a local farmer who lives on the Medicine Lake Road west of Rimbey, reported that unknown culprits had broken into his shop and stole some tools and a red-coloured Bombardier with tracks which looks similar to a Nodwell. Officers are currently seeking this stolen all-terrain vehicle at this time and the thieves responsible for the crime.
On August 25, at approximately 1:00 p.m., emergency responders from Rimbey attended a house fire on Range Road 43 near Highway 611. When police, Fire Department and EMS personnel arrived on scene the home was fully engulfed in flames. With the help of concerned neighbours, police were able to contact the residents of the home who were thankfully not home at the time of the blaze. Investigators are fully examining all evidence at this time to determine the cause of the fire. Foul play is not suspected. Often, victims of a house fire are not insured. Even if you are renting a property you should have insurance coverage for your contents, etc. Take steps now that will assist you later if you do have a fire. Photograph your belongings and make notes of serial numbers, etc. Store the list of all your property and pictures at another location (friend or family member) in the event you do have a fire. Having a list will assist you in remembering what you lost and may help you recover a claim more quickly from a tragic loss.
Numerous sexual assaults were reported to police. In some cases, children were involved. Investigators have teamed up with Children Services and the Zebra Child Protection Centre in each of these serious matters. In addition, the Rimbey and District Victim Services Unit has also been involved in assisting those affected by these horrible crimes.
Police responded to several serious motor vehicle collisions on rural gravel roads. It appears that some folks aren’t used to deviating from the luxury of paved roads. In two cases, drivers were driving too fast while following a cloud of dust and ran into the back of vehicles they were evidently following. Officers are not sure what the people thought was creating the dusty conditions… but, nonetheless, everyone should slow down and pay attention.
Tips for hunters
As fall turns our landscape into a colourful site to behold, sportsmen and women from all over North America will be once again visiting our community to hunt our wealth of waterfowl, deer, moose and other game species. If you are hunting, always have permission to access the lands you wish to hunt. Always leave gates the same as you found them. Never shoot at anything unless you are properly licensed and are discharging your weapon in a safe direction. Ensure you read and understand all the laws pertaining to hunting. Many regulations change from year to year, so be sure you are current on all changes and how they may apply to you, the species you are hunting and your hunting area. Never leave the house without letting a family member or friend know exactly where you are going and when you plan to return. Check out some of the new technology on the market, such as a GPS. Learn how to use it. Mark your trail from where you leave from so if fog or a blinding snow storm rolls in you can still find your way safely back to your truck. Always be prepared and have proper clothing and food in case you get stuck in the middle of nowhere due to a break down or injury. If you let someone know where you were going and how long you would be…if you were hurt out there at least you would have peace of mind to know that help would soon be on its way!
If you have any information regarding these or any other crimes, please call the local Rimbey RCMP Detachment at (403) 843-2224 or Crime Stoppers:
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