MP for Peace River-Westlock
Over the past year, the issue of rural crime consistently comes up at town hall meetings and in individual conversations no matter where I am in the riding. Residents regularly speak out about how crime has affected their families or business.
It isn’t just here in Peace River – Westlock, rural communities across the province have reported increased crime in the last several years. As of October 1st, 2017 there were 15 federal judge vacancies in Alberta—far more than in any other province. Additionally, the RCMP is experiencing staffing shortages across the country. I’m concerned that these shortages are making it more difficult to fight rural crime in Alberta.
As a result, my colleagues and I have launched rural crime task force with the objective of submitting a report to federal and provincial governments prior to budget submission deadlines.
So I need your help to fully understand the scale of the rural crime problem in our communities.
I have created a short survey (arnoldviersen.ca/ruralcrime_survey) about rural crime that I would appreciate if you could take a few minutes to fill out before January 26, 2018.
You can also write me directly with your experiences and recommendations at [email protected] I will compile the feedback from the survey and bring it forward to our task force.
As your MP, I am prioritizing the rural crime issue and pushing for immediate action to fight rural crime in our riding. My hope is that the data we collect will not only bring the issue of rural crime to the attention of policy makers, but that the task force’s report will translate into solutions and financial resources. Rural theft and destruction are crimes and they shouldn’t be written off as unsolvable or unpreventable.
We need to find a better way to protect rural landowners and their property.