The RCMP has become aware of isolated reports of firearms being carried in farm machinery in response to property crimes in rural areas, and advises residents not to take the law into their own hands.

“We understand firearms are an integral part of rural life. But they must be properly secured, stowed and used in accordance with the Criminal Code of Canada. They must We do not want to see people getting hurt,” said Sergeant Earl LeBlanc, Communications Unit, with the RCMP “F” Division today during a media event.

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“Instead we encourage people to help prevent crime by securing their property and locking-up  storage sheds, outbuildings, fuel tanks and vehicles,” said Sgt. LeBlanc.

When asked if there was any connection to the shooting death of Colten Boushie, Sgt. LeBlanc replied, “As of right now, there’s no indication that any of this stuff is even related. And that situation, we can’t speak to anything related to Colten Boushie because that’s an active investigation that’s currently before the courts.

“People can also help by staying watchful. Keep an eye on your own property as well as your neighbours’. If you spot any suspicious vehicles or activities, report them to police right away. In case of emergency, call 911,” he said.

Sgt. LeBlanc also added that if people observe or suspect a crime, for their own safety and the safety of others, to:

  • Report it to police immediately
  • Do not chase or pursue suspects or suspect vehicles
  • Do not attempt to subdue suspects either with or without a firearm

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