Weekly RCMP report

• Sometimes our Criminals pass on some valuable information that we just have to share. The following is from an individual that was involved in a crime spree from Alberta through to Manitoba. They were a lovely couple that were feeding their drug habit.

         • When someone wants to type in a credit card number instead of producing it, it’s a red flag as a fraud, the criminal only has to memorize a person’s credit card number. It is for this reason you should always ask for ID with a credit card if it seems suspicious. If the individual is insulted and angry it is more likely due to the fact they are a criminal. If you are afraid you may lose business, trust us, you may have just saved yourself from losing much more than a little business. If the customer is a legitimate user for the credit card they should appreciate your efforts in trying to avoid illegal use of credit cards. You should also always monitor your bank transactions, sometimes the banks won’t catch it until it’s too late.

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         • Businesses with debit/credit machines should look into whether their terminal has a standardized code being those that commit fraud can obtain this code very easily. If you have a standardized code machine you may wish to look into obtaining a replacement. 

         • So we are on a big kick about keeping our oceans clean. We don’t have an ocean in or near Saskatchewan but we have rivers, lakes, and well fields and forests. Let us keep them clean. Don’t throw litter or drop litter. Find a garbage can.

         • A couple is driving down the road and the passenger throws their gum out the window. The driver said “You shouldn’t do that” The passenger replied “It was just a small piece of gum”. The driver responded. “What if someone steps in it?” The passenger quickly responded (with sarcasm). “Any one stupid enough to be standing on the side of the highway in the middle of nowhere deserves to step in gum” The driver was quiet, the passenger then responded quietly “So yesterday, when you came home for lunch and had to take your boot off before you came in because it had gum on it? (pause)” The driver took advantage of the pause and said “Yup, I was stupid enough to be standing on the side of the highways in the middle of nowhere and stepped in gum” The passenger then replied “So you stopped a violator and gave out a ticket then?” Let us just say I may still be stupid and stand on the side of the highway in the middle of nowhere, but gum no longer goes out our vehicle window.

         • Members responded to a domestic after a 911 hangup, however, it appears to only be an argument and at this time we do not have enough for charges.

         • A window was smashed out of a vehicle in Kenosee. Our investigation continues.

         • We continue to get reports of fuel thefts. Please ensure your gas and diesel tanks are locked. This will not stop the thefts, however, it will make it more difficult. Security cameras also provide assistance in proving what did or did not happen.

         • We are investigating where a rental property was damaged. Please ensure you always get a valid credit card or an adequate damage deposit.

         • We have two fraud investigations. One where the financial institution assisted in preventing the complainant from being a victim. Unfortunately the other was through a social media platform and the victim may be out several hundred dollars.

         • We are investigating a file where it is alleged that two cases of beer, 2 packs of cigarettes and a teenager was taken by friends of the teenager......it appears the teenager voluntarily left with their friends and we are investigating whether it was more of a borrow, rather than a theft.  

         • An individual managed to attend court, then managed to get extremely intoxicated once done with court and attract the attention of several individuals with one contacting the Police which resulted in the individual being arrested and lodged until sober.

         • Members responded to a call of an unwanted occupant in a residence. Investigation revealed the unwanted occupant was in a relationship with the proprietor of the residence and they were only being hospitable and permitting the complainant to stay. The expression “Not in my house” only works if it is your house.

         • A semi was stolen, and it was found and we will not be laying charges being we don’t have suspects and the owner does no appear to want us to do much more than what we have already done.

         • We responded to several Mental Health and Child Welfare calls. One babysitter was paying adequate attention and did not realize a child had left a residence, however, beyond that everything was OK.

•       Unfortunately “the system” regardless which system, does not work. Twice in the last week we have arrested and lodged individuals for criminal offences, however, in reality it is mental health issues that should be dealt with. If all else fails, let the Mounties handle it.

         • Sometimes a traffic stop can lead to much more. The violator was found to be on conditions not to leave the province of Manitoba. The passengers were on conditions of no contact with each other. A small amount of perceived drugs was also located and sent away for analysis. The three were charged for failing to comply with their release conditions and drug charges are more than likely forthcoming.

         • Have I mentioned we like multiple choice. Do I give a ticket for speeding, no seatbelt, unregistered vehicle, or open liquor. Depending on the attitude of the driver and their passengers it can be one of the above, or all of the above. Contrary to some beliefs, we don’t get paid to be insulted, yelled at, demeaned or spit on.

         • Members were conducting a traffic stop and an individual slowed and drove by at the required 60 km/hr, however, they were not paying attention and almost struck one of the Members and received a $280 ticket for driving with undue care and attention.

         • One individual is contesting their seatbelt ticket. The issue is not whether they were wearing the seatbelt, rather it is because they don’t identify as the individual on their drivers licence. This will be going to trial we are certain.

         • We issued 20 tickets and 20 warnings over the last week.

         • Tickets were issued for no seatbelt - $175, no insurance $580, Fail to stop at stop sign - $230, operate motor vehicle with unrestrained passenger under 16 - $175, fail to produce registration $100, drive with undue care and attention - $280, insecure helmet -$100, fail to produce current trip inspection report - $160, fail to maintain a daily log - $150 and most expensive speeding ticket was for $300.

         • Warnings were issued for drive with undue care and attention, fail to have registration, fail to stop at stop sign, fail to produce drivers licence, fail to produce registration, speeding, lamp emitting blue or green light, fail to wear seatbelt and speeding.

         • Inspection notices were issued for windshield, install mudflaps and fenders, window tint, fail to signal,

         • A driving tip. If there is a police car in front of you they are likely doing the speed limit or a little faster. Don’t pass the police car if you are in a rush. If you choose to do so don’t be mad about the ticket.



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