Town resident urges action against criminal activity

A Sylvan Lake resident has urged Town Council to consider ways of teaming up with residents to fight crime locally.

Recent ongoing criminal activity has prompted one Sylvan Lake resident to urge Town Council to consider ways of teaming up with residents to fight crime locally.

Jordan Sinclair, addressing Town Council during the open microphone segment of Monday night’s regular meeting, said he had been awoken the previous night by the sound of voices of people conspiring to access both his and his neighbour’s properties.

With such activity not uncommon in the area, he said, now is the time for the Town to take action.

“The town is rife with this problem,” he said. “Do something to get something started to make sure our residences and property are safe.”

He suggested adding more policing or establishing a citizens patrol to help mitigate property crimes.

The latter, he felt, would need the Town’s weight behind it in order to be effective.

“They need guidance training, and I think that’s a role that the Town has to play,” he said. “It’s at the point I think where people in certain areas of town aren’t feeling safe in their homes, and property is not safe in homes, sheds and garages.

“It’s time we had some ways to stop that.”

Mayor Sean McIntyre responded to Sinclair’s concerns via social media earlier in the day, noting that a regional RCMP property crimes task force has proven effective in fighting property crime in the area recently.

McIntyre added he was hoping to set up a meeting with Sylvan Lake RCMP Staff Sgt. Gary Rhodes in the near future to discuss the issue further.