Laser aimed at aircraft
A green laser was pointed at an aircraft near the Villeneuve Airport.
On the evening of Dec. 6 an aircraft approaching the airport in Sturgeon County was hit with a green laser.
The pilot was able to land the aircraft safely.
The Morinville RCMP is reminding the public of the dangers of pointing a laser at an aircraft. RCMP say the pilot could be temporarily blinded. The laser could create an intense glare that may impact the pilot’s vision, and distract the pilot, putting all people aboard the aircraft at risk.
According to Transport Canada, there were more than 500 reported laser strikes in 2016.
RCMP is reminding the public that pointing a laser at an aircraft is illegal and a criminal offence. Under the Aeronautics Act, if you are convicted of pointing a laser at an aircraft, you could face up to $100 000 in fines, five years in jail or both.
Found catalytic converters
Seven large catalytic converters were turned in to the Morinville RCMP last week.
The converters were turned over the RCMP on Dec. 8 and were found in a ditch near Township Road 562 and Range Road 251 in Sturgeon County.
RCMP say there is a good possibility that the items were initially stolen and then later dumped in the ditch.
The RCMP is encouraging the public to call in any suspicious activity.
If you are missing the items you can contact the Morinville RCMP detachment.
Holiday safety tips
The St. Albert Crime Reduction unit is offering tips to help keep residents safe during the holiday season.
The RCMP recommend that while online shopping, only enter sites through the company’s website and do not enter through unsolicited emailed links. RCMP say to use credit cards and secure payments rather than debit cards and to avoid using public wireless internet to make purchases. Look for the use of an https URL and the padlock symbol as these are signs the site is secure.
When shopping in person, make sure employees only swipe payments cards once and to keep an eye on all personal belongings while shopping. RCMP say that if you must store purchases in a vehicle to keep them out of sight or in a locked trunk.
RCMP suggest to already have keys in hand when approaching your vehicle and to avoid talking or texting on your phone as you walk through malls or parking lots, as this will make you more vulnerable to robbers.
If you are going away on vacation it’s a good idea to have a friend or neighbour visit the home to check on things. It’s also a good idea to set your lights on a timer.
RCMP suggest to be wary of people coming to your door posing as delivery drivers and keep the doors locked even when you are home.
Anyone with information about these or any other crimes is asked to contact St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.tipsubmit.com.