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Distraction Thefts-BA-14-038784

Distraction Thefts-BA-14-038784
August 29th, 2014 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police, are seeking the help of the public, to identify four suspects, committing several recent thefts in the city of Barrie and other areas.

The suspects are entering area drug stores together.

The usual method of action, is to have one or two of the suspects act as distractors, by keeping the staff busy, allowing the other two to select and steal copious amounts of cologne, perfumes, and various beauty products, amounting to several thousand dollars.

The suspects then all make good their escape on foot, and it is believed they are possibly driving a 2004 or close in year, dodge caravan, gold in colour.

The suspects are described as:

#1: male, possibly middle-eastern, light complexion,  approx 5’10”, slim build, late 20’s to mid 30’s, short brown hair, with a beard. well dressed, usually in jeans, and polo shirt. carries an over-shoulder bag, used to conceal stolen goods.

#2: female, possibly middle-eastern, light complexion, approx 5’8”, slim build, late 20’s to early 30’s, long dark hair, well dressed,observed wearing a long, floor length light coloured dress.

These two parties usually stay close together, and commit actual thefts, while other two suspects distract the store staff.

If you have any information about these parties please contact Barrie Police Service D/C Stamp at 705-725-7025 ext 2578 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

Thinking of Boating and Drinking this long weekend....Marine "R.I.D.E Program in effect

Thinking of Boating and Drinking this long weekend....Marine  "R.I.D.E Program in effect
August 29th, 2014 - Police & the Community

Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40% boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways.  This labour day long weekend Barrie Police Service Marine Unit will be out on Kempenfelt Bay conducting a Marine R.I.D.E program in order to raise attention to the problem of boating under the influence and remind boaters not to drink and boat.

Federal statues dictate that, whether or not your craft is motorized, you can be charged with Impaired Operation of a vessel under the Criminal Code of Canada if your blood level exceeds the .08 threshold.  This means you can be charged even if you are impaired while operating a canoe and a judge is able to, upon conviction, suspend your boating privileges.

For more information on alcohol consumption on a boat please check the below link:

https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/tp-tp14659-alcohol-3019.htm

The Barrie Police Traffic Unit remains committed to water, road and pedestrian safety.

Chief Greenwood Accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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August 27th, 2014 - Police & the Community

Chief Greenwood accepts the ALS ice bucket challenge and would like to encourage the community to as well.

Back to School Safety

Back to School Safety
August 27th, 2014 - Police & the Community

With the first day of the new school year closing in, the Barrie Police- Traffic Unit would like to remind drivers to take extra care when travelling in a designated school area.

There will be a large number of children in and about our community. As such motorists need to be cognitive of their speed and also take an extra second to check for children before proceeding through intersections and stop signs.  The areas immediately adjacent to schools are posted as 40 km/hr. community safety zones, and officers will be out enforcing these areas with a zero tolerance for our children’s safety.

Let’s slow it down for our kids.

 A reminder from the Ministry of Transportation Ontario regarding both pedestrians and motorists that there are some very simple rules to follow and it will greatly reduce the amount of pedestrian collision that occur.

As a Pedestrian:

  • Cross at marked crosswalks or traffic lights, not in the middle of the block or between parked cars;
  • Make sure drivers see you before you cross;
  • Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop;
  • At traffic lights, cross at the beginning of a green light. Do not cross once the “Don't Walk” signal begins to flash or once the light has turned to yellow. Never cross on a red light;
  • Watch for traffic turning at intersections or entering and leaving driveways;
  • Wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips, when walking in dusk or darkness.

As a Motorist:

  • Be patient, especially with older pedestrians who need more time to cross the road;
  • Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning;
  • Remember, stay alert and slow down on residential streets and through school zones.

The Barrie Police Traffic Unit remains committed to road and pedestrian safety.

Jr. Constables Graduate!

Jr. Constables Graduate!
August 25th, 2014 - Police & the Community

This week's newest Junior Constables Graduate!

These student's will be the last group to participate in the Barrie Police Service Jr. Constable Camp.  It has been a great summer working along side of these hardworking campers.  Many new skills have been taught and learnt by all participants but most of all it was fun for everyone.

Dragon Boat 2014

Dragon Boat 2014
August 25th, 2014 - Police & the Community

Barrie Police Service enter a team into this years 12th annual Dragon Boat festival.  It was a great day of fun for everyone.  Barrie Police Service team "Blue Lighting " came in third place overall out of 54 teams and won the Municipal Challenge Cup.  Congratulations to all the participants.

Lock it or Lose it

Lock it or Lose it
August 19th, 2014 - Police & the Community

‘Lock It or Lose It’ –Crime Prevention Program

The Barrie Police Service, The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) and Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) are encouraging citizens to ‘Lock It or Lose It’!

 

The goal of the proactive program is to encourage vehicle owners to take a few fast and simple precautions that will protect their vehicles from theft.

On Wednesday and Thursday August 20th and 21st, 2014 Barrie Police Service will  actively be participating in a Lock it or Lose it program  in the Allandale neighbourhood as we have identified through our crime mapping a high volume of thefts from vehicles.   Officer's will be attending the residence in the neighbourhood  to introduce themselves and address any concerns you may have involving crime within your community.   Please take this opportunity to speak with the officer regarding your concerns.  You may also wish to contact the officers listed from the Intelligence unit and Guns and Gangs Unit.

Remember: the best prevention against thefts from vehicles is to always lock your vehicle and not leave valuables out in plain sight.  Don’t be a victim, be safe!

Practice TLC

T ake out valuables
L ock your vehicle
C lose your windows & sun roof

Take Out Valuables:

If you can leave your valuables at home do so. Otherwise, take valuables with you rather than leaving them in your vehicle. If you have to leave them in the vehicle place them in your trunk prior to arriving at your destination.

Lock Your Vehicle:

Verify that your vehicle is securely locked before leaving the area. Keyless or remote locking systems can malfunction from a low battery, etc. leaving your vehicle vulnerable. Make sure it’s locked! Check your remote locking and alarm activation devices batteries on a regular basis.

Close Windows and Sun Roof:

Windows and sun/moon roof (if equipped) allows a thief a quick and quiet way to enter your vehicle. Even a crack in the window makes a thief’s job so much easier. Verify that your vehicle windows are rolled up and the sun/moon roof is closed before leaving the vehicle.
Let Us Know!

Report any suspicious activity while it is happening. Call 911 and stay on the line if you see or hear something that seems unusual or suspicious.

If the crime is minor with no suspects you can also report the incident online at www.barriepolice.ca
Barrie is one of the most beautiful and safest cities to live in. Barrie Police Service has many crime prevention programs within our City however we need your active participation to help prevent crime. We can’t do it alone. Get informed, get involved and make crime prevention part of your everyday life.

Together we can continue to build a safer Barrie for all.

 

 

Canada's Safest City

Canada's Safest City
August 19th, 2014 - Police & the Community

You Are Invited

The City of Barrie has been named Canada’s safest city according to the Crime Severity Index by Statistics Canada.

The City of Barrie along with all our partners have been instrumental in achieving this ranking.
In recognition of being ‘Canada’s Safest City’ Mayor Lehman and Barrie Police Service Chief Kimberley Greenwood would like to publically thank all involved.

Please join us at City Hall on Tuesday August 26th, 2014 at 11:30 am for a flag raising and social in the Rotunda afterwards.

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The Crime Severity Index (CSI) is a measure of police-reported crime that reflects the relative seriousness of individual offences and tracks changes in crime severity. 

Barrie is ranked 33 of 33 Census Metropolitan Areas with a population of a least 100,000 of which 50,000 or more live in the urban core. (1 = highest and 33 = lowest index/rate).

The index gives us a different view of crime and allows us to answer questions that were not easily answerable previously, such as:  Is police reported crime in Canada more serious than it was last year?  Is police reported crime in my jurisdiction more or less serious than in another jurisdiction?  Has police reported crime become more serious over time?

The Crime Severity Index tells us if police reported crime was relatively more or less serious than in previous years.  For jurisdictions, the Crime Severity Index is particularly useful in determining if police reported crime is more or less serious in one area than another.

The seriousness of each offence is determined by using objective sentencing data from the nation’s courts.  Each individual offence is “weighted” according to the severity of the sentences handed down by judges.  Sentencing data come from Statistics Canada Adult and Youth Courts Surveys.

For more information on the Crime Severity Index and other police-reported crime statistics, please contact the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics at ccjsccsj@statcan.gc.ca or at 1-800-387-2231

The Barrie Police Service remains committed to our citizens to identify the necessary strategies that will further decrease crime in an effort to make Barrie a safer community.

We remain… ‘committed to our community’.

Pedestrian Safety Blitz - "It's a Big Step!"

Pedestrian Safety Blitz -  "It's a Big Step!"
August 18th, 2014 - Police & the Community

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Barrie Police –Traffic Unit in its continued effort to improve safety on our streets, is embarking on the Pedestrian Safety Blitz dubbed “It’s a big step!” focusing on violation relating to pedestrian traffic on our streets. Officers will be at or near intersection looking for pedestrians crossing against the traffic signal and motorists failing to properly yield for pedestrians.

Over the past 20 years there have been 9000 pedestrian related fatalities in Canada and hundreds of thousands of pedestrians have been injured.    Pedestrian related collisions affects people of all ages and are caused by the pedestrian in many cases, failing to yield or check prior to crossing the roadway for oncoming traffic.

A reminder from the Ministry of Transportation Ontario regarding both pedestrians and motorists that there are some very simple rules to follow and it will greatly reduce the amount of pedestrian collision that occur.

As a Pedestrian:

  • Cross at marked crosswalks or traffic lights, not in the middle of the block or between parked cars;
  • Make sure drivers see you before you cross;
  • Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop;
  • At traffic lights, cross at the beginning of a green light. Do not cross once the “Don't Walk” signal begins to flash or once the light has turned to yellow. Never cross on a red light;
  • Watch for traffic turning at intersections or entering and leaving driveways;
  • Wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips, when walking in dusk or darkness.

As a Motorist:

  • Be patient, especially with older pedestrians who need more time to cross the road;
  • Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning;
  • Remember, stay alert and slow down on residential streets and through school zones.

The Barrie Police Traffic Unit remains committed to road and pedestrian safety.

 

 

Canada's Police Services Join to Raise Awareness, Fight Rising Rates of Prescription Drug Misuse

Canada's Police Services Join to Raise Awareness, Fight Rising Rates of Prescription Drug Misuse
August 18th, 2014 - Police & the Community

 

CACP 2nd Annual Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day Results

OTTAWA, ON – A national effort, led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), has contributed to informing Canadians about the rising rates of misuse of prescription drugs - which is recognized as a leading public health crisis.

By reaching out to communities throughout Canada, police services reported gathering more than 1,300 kilograms (3000 lbs) of drugs during ‘Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day’ held on May 10, 2014:

  • 77 Canadian police agencies participated in the initiative
  • Based on the results reported by pill type, 32% were opiates, 10% were benzodiazepines and 5% were methylphenidates (Ritalin, Concerta, etc).

The Barrie Police Service in partnership with the South Simcoe Police, OPP, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and the Simcoe County Paramedics conducted the 2nd annual prescription drug drop off day at the Barrie Molson Centre. We would like to thank the members of the community for attending and dropping off unused or old medication.

The total weight of the drugs were 64 lbs.

 

Chief Constable Jim Chu, President of the CACP, launched the campaign by issuing a public service announcement about the importance of this event with a focus on the unintended consequences to our young people that can lead to tragic consequences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQWZtlc59L4

“We are very pleased with the results but, regretfully, it does not end here,“ stated Chief Mark Mander, Chair of the CACP Drug Abuse Committee. “Police services continuously witness first-hand the harms associated with addiction to these pharmaceuticals, which all too often result in overdose and death. We can all do our small part to help alleviate this problem simply by removing unused drugs from our medicine cabinets and disposing them at any pharmacy - throughout the year.”

 

The CACP would like to express our sincere appreciation to the public, our law enforcement partners, the federal government (through Public Safety Canada and Health Canada), the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, Partnership For a Drug Free Canada and the Canadian Pharmacists Association along with the many organizations and volunteers who helped make this event a success.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police was established in 1905 and represents approximately 1,000 police leaders from across Canada. The Association is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of Canada. Through its member police chiefs and other senior police executives, the CACP represents in excess of 90% of the police community in Canada which include federal, First Nations, provincial, regional and municipal, transportation and military police leaders.

For further information, please contact:
Timothy M. Smith
Government Relations and Strategic Communications
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Tel.: 613-601-0692 Email: timsmith2000@rogers.com