Rimbey RCMP escort moose out of town

RCMP receive complaints regarding drones

In the past week, Rimbey RCMP responded to 29 calls for service. These calls include but are not limited to: two suspicious person or vehicle reports; two reports of fraud; two break and enter files; and six theft related complaints.

Recently, Rimbey RCMP have received a few complaints regarding drones flying over private properties. While flying drones can be a fun hobby, its extremely important to follow the rules and regulations when piloting drones.

Current rules state that drones under 250 grams must not fly more than 300 feet above the ground and be at least 100 feet away from vehicles or the public. Drones should never interfere with police or other first responder activity and are to only be flown during daylight hours.

Drones for personal use must be clearly marked with the name, address, and phone number of the owner. The drone must also stay within 500 meters of the pilot at all times.

Flying drones where not permitted to do so, such as near airports, in public areas, or in national parks can result in fines of up to $3,000. Let’s not forget about the criminal code, either – violating trespassing or mischief laws may result in some serious criminal charges.

Rimbey RCMP are no stranger to animal related calls, but last Monday morning, members were called to a particularly unique – and not to mention stereotypically Canadian – animal call.

Officers were sent on a bit of a wild moose chase after a concerned caller noticed that a mama moose and her calf were unable to escape a fenced-in property. Officers attended and with the assistance of the town maintenance staff, the two moose were safely guided out of town without incident.

Rimbey Victim Services would like to inform everyone about the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week happening at the end of May. They have lots of information sessions planned, covering topics like internet safety, rural crime, and crime prevention tactics. Be sure to follow Rimbey Victim Service on Facebook to find more details about these events.

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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