Earlier this week the Moose Jaw Times-Herald hit the street to ask people if they still feel safe in the Friendly City.
The question was intended to be a bellwether: where are peoples’ minds, given the number of bizarre and out of the ordinary crime stories that have made headlines here in recent weeks?
Perhaps to our surprise, public sentiment is still largely positive about safety in Moose Jaw. But that is a good thing.
Relatively speaking, Moose Jaw is a safe city.
When the Times-Herald sat down with Sgt. Cliff Froehlich of the Moose Jaw Police Service last week to talk crime stats, he explained that some of the most prominent criminal activity in Moose Jaw involves impaired driving and drugs.
Minor thefts round out the top three.
We’re all knocking on wood quite firmly as we write these words, but when a city’s primary complaints have to do with small property crime and drugs (both problems could be found anywhere in the country) and impaired drivers (a problem that can be reduced through education and targeted initiatives), that city sounds like a pretty safe one.
Moose Javians should be thankful for their safety.
They should also be grateful that they have a top-notch police force keeping them safe — a police force the Times-Herald has seen at work on numerous occasions, and that has routinely impressed us.
We live 45 minutes from the murder capital of Canada.
Our streets are, for the most part, safe.
That says more than we ever could.All Times-Herald editorials are written by its editorial staff.