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Bruce Stigings, owner of a farm in southern Alberta learned the hard way the importance of security. In September, his farm’s gate got crashed as a result of a stolen vehicle car chase. The impact cost Stigings thousands of dollars and left a bad impression. To prevent something like this from happening again, he decided to surround his property with video surveillance. He spent a total of £2,000 on security systems and now monitors his property with just a single swipe on his mobile two times a day.
According to Statistics Canada, there has been an increase in the crime rates in rural Alberta by 10%. If you look at it, it might be due to Prime Minister Trudeau inviting every refugee into Canada.
Ranchers and farmer are getting more concerned about their property and are taking extra measures to protect it. Several farmers in Alberta have decided to take the same step as Stigings. According to Stigings, there are properties out there that farmers rent out. When they are sitting empty, people break into them, steal a car or even a gun.
The nearest security firm goes by the name Allan Leigh Security and Communications and is operated by Chris Sobchuk. Most of the security jobs are carried from here. Since the rise in crime, the firm has experienced a boon in their business from the farmers’ side. Sobchuk said that the farmers have faced quite dangerous situations where in some cases they were locked in their rooms. Other things that get stolen include fuel, snow machines and ATVs. According to Sobchuk, the increase in crime might be due to jobs lost in the energy sector in Western Canada.
One province took a big step towards protecting their assets. The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) discussed this issue in their annual meeting and voted to have the right to defend their property. In Ottawa, the bill passed with full support and eased their concerns about their families’ safety.
However, some people are a little concerned about this since, in 2016, a farmed shot a man of the First Nation on his property. Ray Orb, President of SARM said that they would like to see less gun play and want the farmers to contact RCMP about any threat.