A good turn out for an open house about rural crime in the Foothills at the Crescent Point Field House in Aldyersyde on Wednesday, February 21.

Foothills MP John Barlow and Highwood MLA Wayne Anderson have been gathering information to put together reports to take back to their level of governments.

Barlow says some people at the meeting had a hard time telling their stories.

"It is mixed feelings I guess, you never want to talk about these issues," said Barlow. "You hear some of the personal stories that people have had to go through."

Several people reported their rural properties have been broken into more than once and they can no longer get insurance.

RCMP Lt. Gordon Sage of the Southern Alberta District says lots of issues were brought forward at the meeting.

"Resourcing issues seem to be coming up," said Sage. 'We are working as best we can with what we have. We have priorities set in the crime reduction strategy and our intelligence program and a call management strategy.  So we are focusing on those three priorities in the province."

MD resident Angela Groeneveld says after a serious break in at her home she heard some things she liked at the meeting.

"What I feel really good about is all three levels of government were here and I think we as ratepayers are here to support the police force and we are here to say give them some money."


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