I’ve seen a lot of posts and comments from people concerned their local RCMP detachment is understaffed and underfunded. The RCMP try to staff detachments adequately and some areas are obviously more in need than others.
When you call in to report something, but they can’t do anything about it, you have not wasted a call.
For instance, you chase off thieves but you didn’t get a plate or picture, but they got an item you can prove is yours, then they hit your neighbour and don’t get anything but he gets their plate number, then they hit another neighbour and he gets a really good description of the thieves… it goes on and on. While each testimony alone does not provide enough to catch the criminals, they all add up to aid the investigation.
They also become a record of criminal activity in your area, something they use to determine which detachments need more members or funding.
Using their Facebook page, the Saskatchewan RCMP posted this message back in January of 2018;
Saskatchewan RCMP January 9 , 2018
“I’m not going to report _______ to police.” Do you question whether to report crime?
“Think again! RCMP Crime Analysts are continually reviewing and analyzing data gathered by investigators and detachments across Saskatchewan. This information can include even the smallest of details. Some people don’t file reports or complaints with the police for any number of reasons; for example, they may feel the information is insignificant. Information big and small has the potential to be critical to an investigation. These details can even be the key to figuring out a suspect’s modus operandi (or “MO”, meaning someone’s habits of working as related to a crime), direction of travel, area of operation and behavior patterns. Analyzing this data can potentially indicate where a suspect is from and when or how they might “strike” again in the future.
Have something you wish to report to police? Contact your local detachment or police service. Don’t want to give your name? Call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. ^km”
Concerned about Rural Crime?
If you want to be a part of a growing movement to find a real solution to rural crime in Saskatchewan and across Canada, you can join this group;
It is important to note that the Facebook group Farmers Against Rural Crime has been formed for the purpose of seeking change. It is not intended as a platform for disrespectful behavior towards anyone, including the RCMP.
Don’t forget to attend your local RCMP Town Hall Meetings: Nipawin & Smeaton RCMP Seeking Input at Town Hall Meetings in March