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Safe adventuring

As the weather gets warmer, there is typically a spike in the number of calls reporting missing hikers, bikers and campers, says Cpl. Mark  Amatto, who estimates that the detachment typically gets around 20 to 30 calls from mid summer to mid autumn.

Amatto says missing individuals can be located quickly as long as concerned friends and relatives take immediate action.

“We have a very good track record of getting to the people that we need for a recovery,” he states.

For this reason, a call to report a missing person should be made sooner rather than later.

“There is no such thing as waiting 24 hours to call the police,” he says. “If you’ve got a bad feeling or if somebody’s supposed to have checked in and they’ve overshot the expected time frame, call.”

The caller should provide descriptive details about the missing person, he explains, including the clothing they were last wearing, the route they were taking, the vehicle they were driving along with the licence plate, and any medical conditions they have and medications they could be taking.

Hikers, bikers and campers should tell friends and relatives where they are going prior to the trip, he adds. That way, if something happens, a specific location can be narrowed down for a search party.

Too many trekkers rely solely on their phone to get them out of a bad situation, says Amatto, which can be problematic, as many remote areas have no cell service.  

“There’s quite a few people who will count on Google Maps to help them out of backcountry, until they realize they have no map and don’t know where they’re going, and they’re not dressed appropriately or they don’t have the right footwear, and if they fall down and hurt themselves, we don’t know where to send crews to help them,” he explains.

All outdoors persons should carry a usable GPS unit with built-in search-and-rescue technology, he says, and have bear spray close at hand. When camping, all valuables should be locked up or hidden to make a tent less appealing to thieves.

In the event someone does become lost, they should activate the SOS feature on their GPS device and wait for a rescue team, says Amatto.

If they have a physical map and feel confident enough to self-rescue, they should do so, he adds, making sure to leave sticks or rocks in the shape of a big arrow to mark the direction they are heading and to follow a river or body of running water in order to locate the nearest community.

If they are completely lost and disorientated, they can start blowing an emergency whistle in groups of three bursts or make smoke signals with a controlled fire.

Following the proper protocol not only keeps outdoor explorers safe, Amatto says, but also removes a burden from police and rescue teams, making search operations less time-intensive and costly.

RCMP officer with vehicle theft prevention tips

Prevention is key to vehicle theft issues

Crowsnest Pass RCMP have joined in on Alberta Citizens on Patrol’s program Lock It or Lose It, aimed at raising awareness about theft both from and of vehicles.

Officers braved the cold over the Family Day long weekend to patrol around Crowsnest Pass, check with vehicle owners that their cars were locked and valuables removed, and hand out brochures containing information about the initiative.

“We had some great discussions with community members about the small changes that we can all do to help make our vehicles less attractive to theft,” says Kimberly Hurst, president of Crowsnest Pass Citizens on Patrol.

Some tips to avoid theft include: always lock your vehicle, never leave your vehicle unattended while it’s running, remove all of your valuables, never leave your keys or garage door opener in your vehicle, use a steering wheel lock, ensure windows and sunroofs are closed, and park in well-lit, visible areas.

 

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Crowsnest Pass RCMP execute search warrant, seize weapons

Weapons seized by Crowsnest Pass RCMP

Stolen property has been recovered after Crowsnest Pass RCMP executed a search warrant Feb. 27 on a Coleman residence.

Among the numerous weapons seized are a prohibited homemade Taser, a sharpened sword and several baseball bats with metal fastened to the barrels.

Several arrest warrants were also executed.

 

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Charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 is 26-year-old Dallas Adam Caron of Pincher Creek. He was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and will appear at Provincial Court in Pincher Creek today.

Forty-five-year-old Angel Hutton of Coleman is charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, four counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession of a controlled substance.

After a judicial hearing she was released on a $2,500 Promise to Pay Release Order and is scheduled to appear at Provincial Court in Pincher Creek on March 16.

 

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No further updates are anticipated as these matters are before the courts.

 

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