RCMP in Saskatchewan are asking rural residents not to take the law into their own hands by chasing suspicious vehicles or trying to subdue suspects.
Sgt. Earl LeBlanc says the force is aware of reports some farmers are carrying guns during harvest in response to crime in rural areas.
The reports came after three masked suspects armed with handguns approached a farm hand who was driving on a road in west-central Saskatchewan, near the community of Fiske, on Monday.
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However, LeBlanc could not provide any numbers on whether rural crime is up or down.
Ray Orb, president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, says rural crime can be more common during harvest because farmers are out in their fields and away from their homes.
Orb also says farmers are known to carry firearms to ward off wild animals, but he adds sometimes it might be because they’re afraid.
(with files from The Canadian Press)