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Maidstone RCMP ask for thefts to be reported to police, not social media

The police in Maidstone would like residents to report thefts.

According to a release issued by the Maidstone RCMP detachment on Wednesday afternoon, there have been multiple comments made on social media in the community about recent criminal activity.

While the statement from the Maidstone RCMP indicated there had been reports of the activity made to the detachment, it also said that the reports had not been made to the full extent of the activity indicated on social media.

“We’re getting very few reports of it, reported to us,” said Constable Ryan Reid.

“However, on social media, it seems to be a little bit more wide-spread.”

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Reid said the Maidstone detachment wanted to make sure residents understood that even minor thefts needed to be reported. He also said that he did not believe Maidstone residents were blowing the criminal activity out of proportion.

“If it was my property, I would feel the same way too,” said Reid.

“I would also want to make sure that anybody that can help is able to.”

The police statement laid out the steps that residents could take when making a report.

“What police require is that the victim of the crime provide police with first-hand information about the events that took place,” read the statement.

“This information can include a short summary of the crime, descriptions of items taken or damage done, possible suspects and any other information of value. While still helpful, third party information is often not as accurate.”

It also advised for residents to take steps to protect their property, such as removing items of value from motor vehicles, along with ignition keys. Police also asked for residents to keep their vehicles locked, and their yards well-lit.

“The safety of the communities we police and live in are of the utmost importance to us, and we continue to take any level of crime seriously,” read the statement.

“The Maidstone RCMP is fortunate to work with organizations such as Rural Crime Watch and Crime Stoppers to curb crime. If you require emergency response, please contact 911 immediately, for non-emergencies please contact 310-RCMP or 306-893-4800.”

Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers, and could be eligible for a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest, charge, or cleared case.

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