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Stopping Crime Debt in its tracks….

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For years, Canadian criminals have been robbing their fellow citizens blind.

This is no secret, and with the wave of bust and boom economies, home break-ins and vehicle theft have been a curse to our society.  Yet, despite promises of greater funding by federal and provincial governments and increased scrutiny via security cameras and Citizens On Patrol there has been no great reduction in crime rates.

To the everyday citizen, not only is there frustration when someone is struck with theft-personal or business and IF the individual is caught, there is no punishment that seemingly impacts their poor personal choices.

After all, is not theft violating one of the 10 Commandments?

Not only that, but even IF an individual or crime ring IS caught in a sting AND charges are laid by RCMP, the odds are that most or all of the convictions will be thrown out and the perpetrator (s) will be free to commit crimes once again AND escape without penalty.  Meanwhile, those whose goods have been stolen are left to pick up the pieces and face increased insurance costs and security issues.

Therein lies the crux of our dilemma.

We have a legal system that is supposed to punish law breakers.

The question is whether or not a thief, or ring of thieves are ever penalized accordingly.

Let me tell you about a real life case that occurred in Central Alberta where a house was repeatedly reported for disturbances at all hours of the night and over a period of a couple of years, police raided the house and took truck loads of stolen items out of the garage.  During that time, this home also was used to sell drugs and was involved in a vehicular homicide case.

More than 50 charges were laid to 2 individuals.

Fewer than 5 charges were laid and during their crime spree, they were released and broke bail AND stole vehicles and led police on a chase through another community.

The final value of items stolen was upwards of $500,000 yet there was no financial penalty to the individuals and it can be assumed that after their minimal jail time, they went back to work stealing the fruits of others labors!

This is by no means a solo story, but rather a common tale that has frustrated hard working individuals around Canada.

How can society at large and the court systems put a real stop to criminal activities?

As young people, we are taught not to lie and steal, that human life is sacred and that we are to honour our mother and father.  Yet we tolerate games like Grand Theft Auto, where players are supposed to steal vehicles and escape.  We tolerate entertainment that glorifies gangsters, pedophiles, rapists, thieves, drug dealers and murderers.  In fact, we often even give them Academy Awards for excellence of something.

There is a simple concept that was entrenched in old societies and some native tribes as well that dealt with debt and theft.

Jewish custom demanded that if you stole something, you returned it or recompensed the owner of the item.  Tribal beliefs and customs often demanded the same of thieves.

In society today, we have abandoned the concept of personal financial responsibility of theft.  Can you imagine the ‘fictional’ couple who stole more than $500,000 of items in a couple of years in addition to their other activities if they had to repay every one of their victims?

Insurance, as we know it, is designed to repay owners for lost goods but it really diverts responsibility for the actions of those who believe it is their right to loot and steal the goods and rewards of others labor.

If you have goods stolen today, you call the police, file a police report and call your insurance company.

No problem, right…wrong.

The problem is that those who forced you to claim a theft, have penalized you in a few ways while they go on their way and fence the items and buy drugs, and other illicit items and services.  They may even build a deck or go on a vacation.

As the victim, you are penalized by your insurance company when your rates go up because you claimed the theft.  As the victim, you have to accept the fact that the value of your goods is likely more than what you will be paid out, so you lose.  If your company does not direct bill, then you pay first, then bill the company.  Not only that, but the more theft occurs, the rates across a region or province rise faster and just when you think you have it under control, you may get broken into again and start over!

Not to mention, the loss of security and safety by the homeowners themselves.

There is no winner.

You lose as the victim because the cost of the crime escalates our protections.

The criminal loses because there is NO financial penalty to make them aware that their choices cost people large amounts of money!  Morally, there is no lesson when they are caught as the laws will give them the least penalty possible!  They learn to use the system and nothing else.

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If criminals are never forced to recompense victims, then how will our justice system ever work.  It is at best, a perpetual crime inducement factory!

Please listen law makers and government representatives.

Make criminals financially liable for their crimes!  If they steal $10,000 worth, then they repay $10,000!

There should be no limit to the costs they have to repay.  Theft is a selfish crime, and the consequences of their actions does not stop after they fence the items.

If we look down the line just one generation, and the children of the criminals have seen that their parents have stolen and ‘prospered,’ what will they do?  Will they turn their back on the immoral teaching and lead an honest work life?  We would hope that at some point that the children would, but if we look at our society the analogy of sexual or spousal abuse does not often stop in the 2nd generation and is viewed as normal and guides each and every decision as long as the victim lives.

What is the real responsibility of our court systems?

Is it to penalize offenders or teach offenders?  Or is our justice system functioning as a complicated means to minimize the consequences of our actions?

In the case of household and business theft, I have ONE recommendation for the government of the day.  ENACT a law that repays DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR victims of theft by the thieves!

I firmly believe that this will go a long way to stopping crime in our society.

Poor decisions lead to poor outcomes.  Crime is Crime.  Dishonesty is Dishonesty.  There can be no sugar coating.  If we use the language of Jewish laws, the transgression is not to be condoned!

It is up to the law makers to make a stand and the governments of our day to truly create a penalty that STOPS instead of DIVERTS and DELAYS.

The Lone Ranger and the Riders of Justice Chapter 1

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Tim Lasiuta is a Red Deer writer, entrepreneur and communicator. He has interests in history and the future for our country.

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Two women arrested with drugs, guns, and cash at Innisfail

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Drugs, Guns Seized in Innisfail

A short-term investigation by ALERT’s Red Deer organized crime team has resulted in the seizure of a wide variety of drugs from a home in Innisfail. Two women were arrested.

The two-week investigation wrapped up on June 25, 2020, as ALERT investigators executed a search warrant at a house in the 4000 block of 48 Avenue in Innisfail. Assistance was provided by Innisfail RCMP.

Once inside, investigators seized more than $23,000 worth of drugs and cash, including:

  • 47 grams of fentanyl powder;
  • 146 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 18 grams of cocaine;
  • 445 millilitres of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB);
  • 8 blotters of LSD;
  • 198 illicit prescription pills;
  • 13.9 grams of cannabis resin; and
  • $1,750 cash proceeds of crime.

Two .22-calibre rifles — one of which had the barrel sawed off — and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were also seized.

“The wide variety of drugs seized during this investigation is remarkable, especially for a town such as Innisfail,” said Insp. Sean Boser, ALERT Regional Teams. “Being able to act quickly to get drugs and firearms out of these suspects’ hands is a big win for community safety.”

“Having a partner like ALERT, who we can collaborate with on investigations like this one, is invaluable,” said Staff Sgt. Chris Matechuk, Innisfail RCMP detachment commander. “The drug trade and associated violence are problems that are not confined to urban centres. We will use every resource at our disposal to keep our community safe.”

Pamela Jacobson, 43, and Keanna Chuhaniuk, 24, are each charged with:

  • possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x5);
  • possession of proceeds of crime;
  • careless use of a firearm (x2);
  • unauthorized possession of a firearm;
  • possession of a prohibited firearm; and
  • possession of a weapon obtained by crime.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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RCMP deploying more Mounties in Alberta under agreement with the province

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EDMONTON — The RCMP says it will add 76 additional Mounties to Alberta this year, many of whom will serve as front-line police in rural detachments outside major municipalities.

There will also be 57 new civilian support positions.

RCMP say some of the additional Mounties are to serve in detachments at Beaverlodge, Edson, Evansburg, Mayerthorpe and Valleyview.

In the south, detachments in Airdrie, Cochrane, Okotoks and Strathmore will get more police.

New Mounties are to be assigned to the central district, including in Camrose, Blackfalds, Leduc, Morinville, Parkland, Rocky Mountain House, Stettler, Strathcona and Thorsby.

More RCMP are also being assigned to work in Athabasca, Bonnyville, Cold Lake, Elk Point and St. Paul.

Officials say the staffing increase is part of a five-year, $286-million policing agreement announced by the Alberta government in December.

“Rural Albertans asked for action against rising crime, and our government responded with Alberta’s largest single investment in policing since the RCMP’s March West,” Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer said Thursday in a release.

“Putting more boots on the ground in rural Alberta will help protect residents and ensure they feel safe in their communities.”

The force says so far it has filled 25 of the front-line positions in rural communities and 18 centralized police to provide support and specialized services to all rural detachments.

Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, Alberta’s top Mountie, said the additional funding is in response to concerns expressed by rural Alberta communities.

He said the RCMP is committed to continuing to provide Albertans with the high quality, modern provincial police service that they expect and deserve.

“The RCMP is committed to working in partnership with our communities to ensure Albertans feel safe in their homes, in their backyards and in their farm yards,” Zablocki said in a release.

Last month, Alberta’s government-appointed Fair Deal Panel recommended the province examine the idea of creating a provincial police force. The panel suggested the RCMP is becoming too bureaucratically inflexible and smaller communities aren’t getting enough front-line officers.

Premier Jason Kenney has said his government will study the recommendation.

Under the program announced by the province in December, small and rural communities, with some exceptions, are to begin contributing part of their front-line policing costs starting this year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 2, 2020

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