The presence of RCMP was one of the major concerns of 2016 for rural Saskatchewan.
Some farmers were carrying firearms with them in combines and vehicles after a crime spree in September.
That pushed the RCMP to hold a news conference asking people not to take the law into their own hands.
Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities President Ray Orb say crime rates are up in rural Saskatchewan, but points out there are more unoccupied buildings because rural populations are declining.
He says they are talking with RCMP about a better communications strategy, as well as revitalizing the Rural Crime Watch.
Still, Orb believes there needs to be additional officers to deal with property crimes if there is a crime spree in one area of the province.