Strathcona County RCMP Urges Preparation and Patience in Winter Driving

Sherwood Park, Alta. – Winter driving on snow covered roads and highways can be a pleasant adventure or it can be frustrating, tiring and sometimes even hazardous. Driving during the winter months can be stressful. It doesn’t matter whether you are travelling during the holidays or running errands, everyone should be prepared to cope with the difficulties of winter driving.

If road conditions are dangerous, consider making alternate travel arrangements or postponing your trip until conditions improve

Strathcona County RCMP - Crime Prevention During the Holiday Season

Strathcona County, Alta. - Strathcona County RCMP remind residents that the holiday season is an active time and requires extra vigilance to prevent theft.  It is also a time when busy people let their guard down and become more vulnerable to theft. Crime prevention is especially important during the holiday season. Protecting yourself, vehicle and your home from potential crime is the easiest way to ensure a safe and happy holiday season.

Strathcona County RCMP – Condo Safety

Sherwood Park, Alta. – Living in a condominium means sharing space, including building’s entrances, hallways, social areas and parking lots. While these common areas can be useful they can also create security issues, as residents don’t always know who belongs in the building.

It is important that residents are aware of who they are letting into the building. Don’t be afraid to let someone know they will have to contact the person their visiting to gain access to the building.

Strathcona County RCMP Warn Residents of a New Bitcoin Scam

Sherwood Park, Alta. – Strathcona County RCMP remind residents that no government agency or organization will request you to put money or pay fines through a bitcoin machine.

Last month a local resident received a call from a male claiming to be an employee of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The male reported that someone opened an account using the victim’s Social Insurance Number (SIN) and had racked up a large debt on her credit.

Strathcona County RCMP Warn Residents of Vehicle Thefts

Sherwood Park, Atla. - Strathcona County RCMP remind residents not to leave their vehicles running while unattended. In the past week police have responded to two vehicles thefts as a result of leaving vehicles running while unoccupied.

On Oct. 29, 2019, at approximately 5:50 a.m. a running vehicle was stolen from a Tim Horton’s parking lot while the victim was inside. The vehicle has since been recovered.

On Oct. 30, 2019, at approximately 6:00 a.m. a running vehicle was stolen from a victim’s driveway. The vehicle is still outstanding.

Strathcona County RCMP Warn Public of Facebook Messenger Scam

Sherwood Park, Atla. -  Strathcona County RCMP warns the public of a Facebook messenger scam that is targeting seniors.

The scam, which begins with a message that appears to come from a friend's Facebook messenger account, advises of a Federal Government grant for seniors. If you respond, you will then be asked to send your full name, home address, age and other personal information and to provide a fee of $1500 or more to access a grant between $100,000 and $200,000.

Strathcona County RCMP and Enforcement Services and Alberta Health Services Hold Car Seat Clinic

Sherwood Park, Alta. – Strathcona County RCMP & Enforcement Services in partnership with Alberta Health Services, conducted a car seat check on Aug. 28, 2019 at the Emerald Hills Walmart parking lot from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Throughout the check, certified car seat technicians inspected child occupant restraints in 71 vehicles.

Strathcona County RCMP Warn Residents of the Distraction Theft Method

Strathcona County, Alta. – Strathcona County RCMP urges residents to be diligent with their personal property as there have been reports of distraction thefts.

The scheme can take many forms including someone claiming your tire is flat, your vehicle is damaged, you dropped money or asking for directions. During this distraction another suspect steals from the victim whether it be a purse, credit/debit cards or jewelry. These incidents of distraction thefts typically occur in parking lots, bank and malls.