Eyes in the sky are the best way of crimping rural crime

Re: Special report on rural crime.

I live in the city of Red Deer, but sympathize with rural crime problems. Mine situation is similar, in that we own and live in an 18-suite apartment building, and every year, we have to add another level of security.

We also own a quarter section near Winfield, and because it is unoccupied, thieves have unrestricted access once they cut the wire fence or gate chain.

Rampant crime is an issue that rests with us, and then our politicians, who, of course, control the purse strings.

My public accounting firm was the auditor of several counties, villages, etc., and my suggestion is lobbying with the county councillors, attending the AGM of municipal affairs (all counties) with a lobbying booth or hospitality room, and the use of petitions.

Specifically, I believe the only way police can catch these guys is through the use of helicopters and good luck.

If helicopter stations were strategically placed, say, in the corners of four counties, they could be used to transport police faster and provide eyes in the sky while vehicle-occupied police could close in on the suspects.

If someone ever agrees, get me a copy of the petition and my buddies and I will get farmers to sign while we are asking permission to hunt waterfowl on their lands.

Seasonally, I may be able to help your lobbing efforts.

Terry D. Welty, Red Deer

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