RCMP warn that sleep will not help you get sober

January’s theme is travel tips and mail theft

In the last week, Rimbey RCMP responded to 55 calls for service. These files include, but are not limited to: eight suspicious activity reports, three theft complaints, four break and enters investigations, one impaired driving file, and one missing person.

At 3 a.m. on New Years Eve while on patrol, officers performed a traffic stop after a vehicle was seen turning around in a driveway appearing to avoid police. A strong odor of liquor was detected from the vehicle and mandatory alcohol screening was conducted which resulted in a ‘fail’. The driver was arrested and brought to the detachment. The driver insisted to officers that he could not be impaired as he had slept a couple hours. After further testing the driver was one and a half times over the legal limit and has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, and operation of a motor vehicle over the legal limit and is to appear in Rimbey court March 6, 2020. Sleep will not expedite the process of removing alcohol from your system. Please keep that in mind before you get behind the wheel.

Crime Prevention

For January, the theme is “Travel Tips – Mail Theft.” December focused on mail theft, but January will focus mainly on travel tips with mail theft as a sub-theme. The messaging will be seasonal and focus on CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) and other tips for keeping property safe while you’re away.

Stats:

• In January 2019 there were over 430 break and enters to residences in Alberta RCMP jurisdiction.

• From January-November 2019 there were over 4,850 break and enters to residences in Alberta RCMP jurisdiction.

• In 2018, the top two months for mail theft were December (approx. 130 reported mail thefts) and January (over 120 reported mail thefts).

Key Messages:

• Have someone check-in on, and take care of, your property while you’re away.

• Ask someone to check your mail or use a hold mail service while you’re away.

• Don’t post trip plans, or selfies while you’re away, on social media.

Social Media:

• Alberta RCMP accounts will use #TripTips for the month of January. Pictures of vacation destinations will be posted with the messages along with CPTED YouTube videos.

• Twitter: @RCMPAlberta, Facebook: @RCMPinAlberta,

YouTube: RCMP-GRC Alberta.

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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