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RCMP responds to farmers carrying firearms on machinery

The RCMP has responded to recent isolated reports of firearms being carried in farm machinery while harvesting, done in response to property crimes in rural areas.

Police are currently investigating a number of complaints related to fuel thefts and other property crimes at residences out in the country.

A release sent out today from RCMP Saskatchewan urges citizens not to take the law into their own hands.

Sergeant Earl LeBlanc of the Communications Unit, “F” Division says that if a person observes or suspects a crime, for their own safety and the safety of others, they are asked to report it to police immediately, not to chase or pursue the suspect(s) or their vehicle; and not to attempt to subdue the suspect(s)–with or without a firearm.

The release indicates an understanding regarding firearms being an integral part of rural life, but reminds citizens that these weapons must be secured, stowed, and used in accordance with the Criminal Code of Canada.

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People are encouraged to help the RCMP prevent crime by securing their property by locking up storage sheds, outbuildings, fuel tanks, and vehicles.

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