10 May 2023



Project Lock Up: Preventing Crime in
Rural Alberta

Unfortunately, property crimes are on the rise across Alberta. Many of these crimes are preventable if residents could take action to deter criminals and make their properties less enticing.

Programs started by the RCMP and other crime prevention organizations, like Project Lock Up, help local citizens take crime prevention into their own hands.

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How Project Lock Up Works

RCMP Crime Reduction Analysts review data from calls to police to identify the areas where break and enters occur most often. Then they:
  • Determine where patrols are sent
  • Enhance oversight in the areas hit hardest
  • Come out to properties to provide prevention insights
  • Meet with local citizens and businesses
Project Lock Up & CPTED

3 April 2023

BOARD MEETING - April 18, 2023

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm
Sturgeon County Centre, 9613 - 100 Street, Morinville

Everyone Welcome

10 February 2023


Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 7:00 pm

Rendez Vous Centre
9913 104 Street

ELECTIONS will be held - President, Vice President, Treasurer, Directors.  We need you there.

2 February 2023


7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Gibbons Community Cultural Centre
5115 - 51 Street
Gibbons, Alberta

24 January 2023



Block These Border Agency Scams

Whether you are expecting a late Christmas delivery or some Boxing Day deals, keep an eye out for this scam. Individuals will be contacted by fake Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) agents, saying there is a package at the border which contains illegal contents. 

The scammers then ask for payment or personal information, including your Social Insurance Number (SIN), to address the issue.

More About Border Agency Scams

How to Respond

  • Hang up and don’t answer the text or email

  • Do not disclose personal or financial information

  • Do not send money before confirming the claims are true and you are dealing with the CBSA

  • Confirm who they are. You can do this by looking up the phone number for CBSA and calling them directly

  • Ask for help from a family member or a trusted friend if you are unsure

  • Report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

If you suspect fraud or have been the victim of a fraud, report it to your local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online at: www.antifraudcenter.ca or by calling: 1-888-495-8501. You should also contact your bank and credit card company if you believe your personal or financial information has been compromised.



13 January 2023

Addressing Catalytic Converter Theft in Alberta

 Addressing Catalytic Converter Theft in Alberta

By Carolyn McTighe

Crime Prevention Liaison-K Division


Catalytic converter theft is an ongoing concern across Alberta and a problem the RCMP are proactively looking for ways to combat. New crime prevention initiatives like You Etch It. We Catch It, a program created by Leduc RCMP in collaboration with the City of Leduc, are being developed to educate not only vehicle owners, but also vehicle dealerships and service shops on the benefit of ID etching.

The program gives customers the ability to have the last digits of their VIN etched into their catalytic converter by their dealership or auto repair shop, at no additional charge.

This identifying mark allows for any stolen converter to be traced back to the victim, and also acts as a deterrent as metal scrap recycling shops are aware of the program and look to identify these marked converters, which are then reported to police.

What makes a catalytic converter so desirable is that within its design are valuable metal components made out of platinum, rhodium and palladium. These metals have a high value and the converters are relatively easy to locate and remove from vehicles.

By September 2022 Alberta RCMP reported the theft of 1,302 converters, a concerning trend considering that 2021 alone had a total of 1,452 thefts. These thefts span all the areas currently under RCMP jurisdiction, and exclude most of the major metropolitan centers.

With the success of this program in Leduc there is hope that other businesses across the province will adopt a similar service for customers to further aid in the fight against catalytic converter theft. In Calgary, two local businesses have begun to provide their own solutions to the problem.

Big House Converters, a converter, battery and non-ferrous materials recycler, currently offers laser etching to customers. While Minute Muffler, in northeast Calgary, is offering a slightly different approach.

The business currently books appointments to wrap converters in wire cabling to inhibit the ability for thieves to steal converters easily and quickly.

Both businesses do charge for the service and an estimate can be provided by contacting the companies directly.  

The Alberta government is also working toward finding a solution to this ever growing concern. In 2020 Alberta passed the Protecting Alberta Industry from Theft Act.

This legislation was created to ensure that scrap metal dealers work with local law enforcement to report transactions and ensure that transactions are done using traceable currency such as cheques and electronic transfers, rather than cash. The act also outlines that sellers must provide government issued ID and that this information along with the transaction details needs to be kept by the dealer.

The hope is that with new police created initiatives, government legislation and consumer and business support, theft of catalytic converters will begin to decline and this continuing problem will begin to see improvement.

RCMP would like to remind the public, that if they see suspicious activity, or hear sawing/grinding noises at night, or witness a crime in progress, call 911 immediately.