The Balzac area north of Calgary is growing substantially, and with it so are crime rates.
Break ins, traffic accidents and vandalism are on the rise and some local businesses are concerned, said CrossIron Mills shopping centre general manager James Moller.
"The Balzac Businesses Community Association wrote a letter to the Rocky View County councillors and politicians in Alberta, asking them what they are planning for the future of policing in Rocky View."
During peak shopping season the mall and local businesses bring in close to a million people a month, said Moller.
"The Costco, the Lowes, the Petro Canada, CrossIron Mills and the businesses that are all around us in Wagon Wheel [Industrial Park] are drawing more and more people every day and there is also a certain percentage of criminal activity, or car accidents and that kind of stuff."
Balzac is policed by the Airdrie RCMP's rural detachment. Thirteen officers cover a large area: from Crossfield to Calgary from east of Beiseker to west of Airdrie.
On average there are just three officers on duty at a time, said Insp. Tony Hamori of the Airdrie RCMP.
"The stats and call volume dictate that we need more officers to come at some point," said Hamori.
The province allocates funding for new officers and RCMP decides where they are posted. In the meantime, the rural detachment can rely on backup from surrounding jurisdictions.
Rocky View Coun. Lois Habberfield says a plan is needed because the area is a combination of urban and rural development.
"What we have to do is to talk to the province about our unique situation and what we can do together to provide a new, or a hybrid type of policing for certain areas," said Habberfield.
She said the county is meeting with the province next week and policing is on the agenda.