Local landowners are tired of being robbed and are scared about the skyrocketing amounts of rural crime.

Blackie area farmer Kelly Malmberg says there's genuine fear out there.

"People are getting freaked out! You know nobody knows what went down on that rural property by Okotoks, but a lot of thoughts go through your head. I've seen theft as it's happening. I don't know what the answers are going to be, but it's not easy living out in the middle of nowhere and just hoping that they (thieves) are going to take some stuff and just leave."

Malmberg says pulling out a gun and shooting at would be thieves isn't the answer, but people need to understand just how scary it can be when you're not right around the corner from a police station.

 

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