Manitoba cracks down on booby traps
Land owners who have set up booby traps face new fines, jail time
The Province of Manitoba is cracking down on booby traps.
The province’s justice minister has announced a new law that takes effect this week, targeted at people who set up booby traps on their property.
Provincial officials said illegal traps and building fortifications are being used to protect illegal activity like grow-operations in Manitoba, and law enforcement needed better legislation to help stop the traps from being set up.
The traps are usually intended to cause serious injury or kill people who are on the property.
On Sunday, a new offence was created for anyone who sets up a trap or allows a trap to exist on their property. Individuals could face a fine of up to $25,000 as well as six months in jail. Corporations could face fines of up to $50,000.
The new regulations also allow the province to shut down buildings if traps or fortifications aren’t removed.
Things like razor or barbed wire and other dangerous obstacles are included in the law.
Officials said the law won’t affect First Nations trappers.