Vehicle thefts high

RCMP overall calls below average for August

Rimbey RCMP recently responded to 33 calls for service which is well below average, especially for a week in August. These calls include but are not limited to: one report of theft; one break and enter to a holiday trailer, and several requests of assistance to the public. Police received three requests, by three different people to force a person to go to rehab, and in each instance, police had no power to force this person to attend rehab, and advised the callers of this.

On August 6th, a car was reported stolen however the owner, later reported the vehicle was actually towed by AMA, and not stolen, which was actually quite funny because the owner arranged the tow in the first place.

On August 11th, a joyride through Rimbey on a dirt bike came to an end when the driver, an adult male was arrested for failing to comply with a demand (blood alcohol test). This male from Rimbey, was charged accordingly and his dirt bike impounded. He was also issued several traffic tickets. Early this year, the same male was convicted for care and control of a motor vehicle while impaired.

August has the highest rates of vehicle thefts and theft from a vehicle, and there are some simple steps that can be taken to deter this type of crime.

• Always lock vehicles and remove the keys.

• “Remove all valuables from vehicle.

• Close the windows before leaving your vehicle.

• We all have a part to play in preventing crime, and simple changes can reduce the risk of auto theft.

• If you see something suspicious, report it to your local police. If you see a crime in progress, call 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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, 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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