Rural crime continues to be an issue in Saskatchewan, according to the latest crime stats.
Rural crime was 36% higher than urban crime in Saskatchewan in 2017 according to a police report released on Monday.
SARM President Ray Orb said the numbers are concerning.
“We’ve been of course asking the provincial government, and to some extent the federal government for extra help,” Orb said. “We’ve asked for extra police officers, we think in the case of the RCMP, more visibility, more members in the rural area would curb some of this.”
Orb said there are many different angles their organization is taking to fix this issue.
“We have been in close consultation with the RCMP F Division, in particular Assistant Commissioner Zablocki there has been really forthcoming with help for us,” Orb said. “We’ve been working to promote and to reinvigorate the rural crime watch program that will help our members.”
Orb later added that this is not just a Saskatchewan issue, as Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba combined for almost half of all rural crime in Canada at 47%.