I am not going to say anything inflammatory about the recent events, but I can tell you as a land owner close to a major urban area, I see all manner of shenanigans on my land. Havent had a theft or vandalism yet knock on wood, but people walking dogs on my land, or shooting arrows and guns, taking pictures, blowing off fireworks, dumping couches and beds and misc garbage and kids mud bogging in my canola after a rain.
And although I cant prove it, I swear there are drug deals and prostitution going on out there as well.
So far its been just nuisance stuff but it cant be long before it gets more serious. I dont know why people get the idea that this land out here is theirs to do whatever they want on it. I mean somebody owns it. I dont come to your house in the city and use your yard for target practice.
Going back to the OP, you are missing out! You need to live near a BIGGER city yet! Since we have things like big oil money here and the fantasy land hotel, we get all sorts of undesirables coming on our lands.
-We had a high speed off road chase!, it was awesome, 3 cruisers cornered the stollen truck on a dead end, then he drove through the fence, through 1 mile of wheat, and onto the next road... well that was the end of it. He got away and later burnt the truck on a road.
-See drug deals ALL the time (they simply just pull off the highway to the closet field driveway)
-Seen a few kids have sex in cars
-Swung my sprayer boom over a car and woman since she drove into my crop to drop a deuce.
-Lots of punks driving through crop
-Combine tanks get emptied once and a while
-We've been successfully robbed about 6 times I think? Not including fuel thefts
-Lots of acreage owners around me who think everything in nature is beyond sacred and farmers are demons
-Soo much garbage and appliances dumped it's not even funny, one time a person dumped all their home renovations in our field, 2x4's shingles with nails, carpet.. you name it!
-I think about 3 stolen cars have been left in our fields so far. Too bad none are worth anything
-We had a massive grow-op in an old yard we were renting out, that cost us a lot of money, police took everything of value, then left us with the mess to clean up.. we should have took the gen-sets.. stupid us.
Unfortunately we haven't seen any prostitutes out our way, would be interesting!
-a neighbour found a bag full of guns and masks, obviously dumped after the crime was successful. Too bad he turned them in, some nice pistols in there.
-another neighbour woke up to find a strange man making himself a meal in his kitchen after he broke in, apparently he wanted a bite to eat before robbing the place.. no joke, police told us that! He actually got caught.
-Literally hundreds of people illegally hunting over the years.
-one time, one of those hiway sherrifs threatened to charge us if he ever seen us drive farm equipment on the hiway ever again! I asked him, "what's more important? Getting to the lake fast on a long weekend, or eating?" Lectured me about public safety.. (it's still legal on our hiway by the way, hiway 2, illegal).
-I have had acreage owners report me for having too wide of equipment, harvesting too late at night, spraying to close to their yards, clearing trees, driving too fast, using land scraper, and best of all.. scaring their horses.
never been fined for any of it, but it's annoying and I do get warnings from the county because there are more of them than us.
Yep, farming near Edmonton is the beessstttttt!