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Crime watch group forming in Sanford

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Kim Thomas is pleased the Headingley RCMP detachment is willing to work with her and other Sanford residents to form a Rural Crime Watch group.

The police response comes as the result of Thomas’ decision to make public a break-in at her home which occurred last October, as well as those of other local residents who experienced the same crime over the past few months.

"We recently had our first meeting (with the RCMP) on what direction to head," Thomas said.

Thomas and Sanford residents Ken and Nancy Langlois are organizing a public meeting for March 25 at 7 p.m. in the Sanford Arena, at which Cpl. Ron Macdonald will give a presentation on the program, which promotes community awareness of criminal activity.

Rural Crime Watch involves local volunteers patrolling their community and reporting suspicious activity to police. According to the program’s brochure, Crime Watch signs serve as a visual deterrent for thieves.

"We just want to increase awareness and also get volunteers," Thomas said. "It’s just a matter of keeping your eyes open."

Thomas said she’s still surprised her house was broken into, as her work schedule is erratic and she sometimes only leaves the house for a brief time during the day.

"We become complacent living out here," she said. "It kind of woke me up."

While the first Rural Crime Watch group will form in Sanford, Thomas hopes residents in other small communities outside Winnipeg will think about participating in their own group.

Thomas said information on the public meeting will be available on the RM of Macdonald’s website at www.rmofmacdonald.com

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