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Kneehill introduces crime prevention program by design

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Kneehill County is encouraging residents to take a proactive approach to crime reduction by looking at deterrence through design.
Kneehill County Protective services have introduced Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
For me, my position is focused on rural crime prevention. With all the rural crime, we want a way to help the community deter it rather than watch it happen,” said peace officer Brandon Rempel.
He explains CPTED has been around for a few years and is effective. It is looking at the physical designs of an environment to reduce the opportunity for crime to occur.
It has four principles. One is natural surveillance, meaning making sure there is a clear and unobstructed view, Territorial reinforcement such as fencing, gates and signage, making sure a property is maintained and does not look abandoned and access control.
Rempel says one of the simple things a property owner can do is trimming trees.
“If no one can see in if they drive by, you can’t see if someone is in there, breaking in. So it is a very easy thing to deal with and can be overlooked,” he said.
Other strategies that support CPTED include hardening the target, such as surveillance cameras, door security and neighbourhood watch programs. Often one of the easiest and most effective actions property owners can take is to get to know their neighbours.
Kneehill County has designed their own CPTED program and began rolling it out in June of this year. Residents can request an assessment of their property and how they can make changes. They have also teamed up with the RCMP to help distribute information on the program.
“Counties around us have also adopted this program. Through the Community Police Advisory Committee, we thought it could be a tool to help the RCMP as well,” said manager of Protective Services, Deb Grosfield. “If a property was broken into, we could actually then work with the RCMP. We cannot do criminal code, but the police can, so if we can help the police… the officer can give the owner our information and our brochure and we can come out and help even further.”
For residents to take advantage of the program, they can sign up for an assessment by going to www.kneehillcounty.com. A peace officer will come out and spend time assessing the property.
“We go through it with them make some recommendations on things they can change. Some could be costly fixes and some they could do themselves,” said Rempel.


Rockyford develops new residential lots

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Village of Rockyford council passed second and third reading of a Land use Bylaw amendment to rezone a portion of the former school grounds to allow future residential development during the regular Wednesday, July 13 council meeting.
Council passed first reading of the amendment to rezone a portion of the grounds from Central Business District to Residential Single Unit Detached during the June 8 council meeting; a public hearing was held prior to the July 13 meeting, and no letters either in opposition or in favour of the proposed amendment were received.
“There will be five residential lots created by this amendment,” shares Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Lori Miller.
Rockyford School closed its doors in 2016 due to declining enrollment numbers; at the time of its closure, the Mail reported the school had a total of 35 students enrolled between kindergarten and Grade 6.
The proposed lots will be located along 2 Avenue West, on the southern edge of the former school grounds and will allow for single, low-density detached dwellings to be built.

New bleachers ready for football season

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Members of the Drumheller Titans put in a little sweat equity, helping to install a new set of bleachers at the football facility.
Last week members of the Senior Titans joined Quick Sit Seating of Sherwood Park to install the new aluminum seating ready for the upcoming season.
Drumheller Community Football Association (DMFA) received the Drumheller Fund Grant from the Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society, which got the project to get off the ground and running. The teams are appreciative of their fans and love community support and now have outstanding bleachers for everyone to come out and cheer on the Peewee Terrapins, the Bantam Titans and the Senior Titans.
This is a major project for our DCFA program, a volunteer-driven organization and is hoping to keep the program growing and to continue with fundraising projects that improve the program and the community.
The bleacher project took three full days for completion to build. Some excellent volunteers came out to help over the three days from the Senior Titans team, including Evan Manca, Dexter Nastiuk, Ryder Upton, Haydn Jones, Teagan and Dave Watson, Teigan and Jason Sattler, Gavan Cassidy and Kim Suntjens dropped off beverages and snacks throughout the project.


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