The Manitoba provincial government doesn’t want its citizens building moats.

In the latest updates to the Fortified Buildings Act, the focus has been on removing traps, barricades and other obstacles that could risk the safety of emergency crews or cops.

Under the proposed changes, it would be a provincial offence to set any trap that is likely to harm someone — or even leave a trap in place, if you know it’s there.

“Police officers put themselves at risk of bodily harm or death each and every day, especially those who deal with people involved in drug production, who may set traps to protect their illegal enterprise,” Winnipeg police chief Keith McCaskill said.

“This legislation will be another valuable tool to assist the police in our province deal with these deadly threats.”

The legislation would let either the province’s Public Safety Investigations Unit or police apply for a warrant to inspect a property and dismantle any traps they find.

Legitimate uses of traps and trap-like devices would still be allowed.

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