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Media Advisory: February 25, 2015

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Suspicious Vehicle: On Tuesday February 24th, 2015 at approximately 4:00 pm, an 11 year old female was approached by 3 – 4 males in a blue older model minivan as she was walking up St ...
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Protect Your Property Day Provincial Launch

Protect Your Property Day Provincial Launch
February 25th, 2015 - Police & the Community

2015 OACP Crime Prevention Campaign:

 

No one chooses to be a victim of crime.  But when it happens, it hurts.

“Crime prevention involves all of us working together to make our homes, neighbourhoods, and workplaces safe and secure.  Together we can work towards a safe community”, said Chief Kimberley Greenwood of the Barrie Police Service.  “This would also include your online personal safety”

Cases of identity theft and fraud have steadily increased in Canada.  Identity thieves are looking for documents so they can assume identities, secure credit card accounts, lease vehicles for export and take out mortgages against victims properties without their knowledge.  “Protect yourself from identity theft.  Do not leave items with personal information insecure in your vehicle.  Dispose of personal papers and identifiers in a secure manner in order to protect yourself and your family”.

Please see the link from OACP for information and how to protect yourself.

Don't become a victim!

 

 

 

 

 

The Power Of One Person To Make A Difference

The Power Of One Person To Make A Difference
February 25th, 2015 - Police & the Community

This morning, the Barrie Police Service replaced their Barrie Police flag with a pink flag in support of ‘Pink Shirt Day’ and in support of Anti-Bullying Awareness.

“I encourage everyone to take the pledge to end bullying “said Chief Kimberley Greenwood of the Barrie Police Service.  In 2014, Chief Greenwood along with Deputy Chief Bruce Carlson, members of the senior management team and members of the Barrie Police Services Board all took the oath to end bullying.

“Everyone has the right to live in a community where they feel safe, included, valued and accepted regardless of their differences”, reminds Chief Greenwood.

Listen to "Walking The Beat" on Rock 95, Constable Janet Schefter speaks about National Pink Day!

 

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Think Pink And Support Anti-Bullying Day!

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Think Pink And Support Anti-Bullying Day!
February 24th, 2015 - Police & the Community

Today is National Anti-Bullying Day!

The Barrie Police Service is a proud supporter of this day and continues to encourage people of all ages to show their support by wearing pink and help put an end to bullying!

 Why a Pink T-Shirt?

The idea comes from two incredible Nova Scotia high school students in 2007. When a fellow student was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt, they decided to take a stand. They went out and bought pink shirts to give to fellow students to show their support for a boy who was being bullied simply for wearing a pink shirt. (See video)

What is bullying?

Bullying is when a person or a group of people repeatedly do something on purpose to make someone else feel hurt, sad, or embarrassed. Bullying can happen to anyone and can take place at school, work, home.......ANYWHERE!

What are the types of bullying?

  • Physical bullying: Hitting, shoving, pushing, tripping, and other kinds of force.
  • Verbal bullying: Hurtful comments, name-calling, teasing.
  • Social bullying: Excluding or ostracizing someone from a friend group, spreading rumours, or “the silent treatment”.
  • Cyber bullying: Takes place via cellphones (text messages) or the internet (e-mail).

For more information on bullying and the types of bullying, take a moment and explore the various websites we have provided.

Kids / Teens

  1. Kids Help Phone
  2. Cyber Safety

Parents

  1. Cyber Safety for you & your kids
  2. Prevent Bullying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E)

Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E)
February 23rd, 2015 - Police & the Community

On Saturday night the Barrie Police Traffic Unit, Uniform Patrol Division and Chief Greenwood conducted R.I.D.E spot checks throughout the City of Barrie.

A total of 503 vehicles were stopped throughout the night. 24 motorists were required to provide a breath sample into an Approved Screening Device. 6 out of 24 motorists received a 3-day roadside licence suspension. These drivers now face provincial administrative penalties.

To Note - Any motorist operating a motor vehicle that registers a "FAIL" on an Approved Screening Device will be required to provide additional breath samples to a qualified breath technician at the Barrie Police Station. Upon a motorist being charged with a criminal offence(s), he/she will receive 90-day licence suspension and a 7 day vehicle impoundment. Failure to provide a breath or drug test may result in criminal charges.

One driver was charged with "drive while suspended" as a result of driving while under suspension due to being arrested and charged for impaired driving three weeks earlier at the same R.I.D.E spot check location.

At the conclusion of the night there were no criminal charges of impaired driving or drive over 0.08mgs laid. This is excellent to see and hopefully a reflection of an increased awareness and reasonability by motorists!

Let's play "What If"........................

You reach into your pocket and out comes a cell phone and car keys....WHAT DO YOU DO? A poor decision can change your life and someone else's FOREVER!

The Barrie Police Service reminds motorists that planning ahead and making arrangement's to get home safely will reduce driving impaired and save lives!

Coldest Night of the Year Walk

Coldest Night of the Year Walk
February 20th, 2015 - Police & the Community

More than 150 people have signed up for Barrie's Coldest Night of the Year Walk, which consists of a two, five or 10 kilometre trek around Barrie's downtown, Saturday.

Registration begins at Central United Church at 54 Ross St. at 4 p.m. The walk starts at 5:15 p.m. and refreshments will be served between 6 and 8 p.m. at the church.

The Barrie Police Service 'Blue Lighting' Team will be there for the walk!

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'Take A Second...Or Two'

'Take A Second...Or Two'
February 20th, 2015 - Police & the Community

February 15th-21st :  Intersection safety- “Let’s take a second…or two”

 

With the start-up of our first 2015 initiative, the Barrie Police Traffic Unit have witnessed many infractions relating to driver’s failing to properly stop or just going through both stop signs and traffic signals.

Sgt Glen Furlong-Supervisor of the Traffic Unit advises: “The issues of intersection safety are a simple one. People today are in a rush to get everywhere, but failing to take a second or two to ensure they are making complete stops at both stop signs and lights.  Taking that second or two can be the difference between a serious collision and arriving at your destination safely.”

Barrie Police has seen several collisions of late where pedestrians have been struck by vehicles that did not stop properly before making a turn at an intersection. These accidents often end up with pedestrians being seriously injured.  They are totally avoidable if people just slow down, come to a complete stop at the intersection and take a look before proceeding.

This week officers have been conducting traffic enforcement in the City of Barrie.  There has been a strict Zero tolerance enforcement of all intersections.

Officers have and continue to look for improper turns, failing to stop for amber lights, failing to stop for red lights and stop sign violations.

Statistics from our first traffic initiative will be posted next week.

 

Remember ‘take that second…or two!”  

 

Pictures courtesy of The Barrie Examiner

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Press Release - Nighttime Edition: February 20, 2015

Press Release - Nighttime Edition

The Street Crime Drug Unit conducted an investigation into a 37 year old Barrie Male believed to be trafficking drugs. The male was placed under surveillance while operating a motor vehicle and ...
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Media Advisory: February 19, 2015

Media Advisory

Ontario Human Rights Tribunal between Wendy Noonan and the Barrie Police Services Board. The parties have resolved their differences. Ms Noonan now has confirmation that her issues have been dealt ...
Posted February 19, 2015 | Read more

Keep Fraudsters Out Of Your Wallet

Keep Fraudsters Out Of Your Wallet
February 19th, 2015 - Police & the Community

The Little Black Book of Scams was produced by the Government of Canada. It is an excellent resource guide and outlines the majority of scams that are used on a regular basis.

In 2014 Canadians lost $7,564,509.86 as a result of fraudulent activity. It is important to educate yourself and your family in efforts to avoid becoming a victim. Once that scammer has a hold of your identity and/or wallet it’s game over!

There are numerous online romance scams and fraudsters utilize dating sites and APPS that can be downloaded to cell phones and/or iPads on a regular basis.  “Catphishing” – Is when the criminal/scammer sets up a fake profile with the intention to trick people out of their money, this is done over time while building a relationship with the victim.

Fraudulent Red Flags!

  • Too hot to be true - Catphisher's almost never use their own photos.
  • In a hurry to get off of the site – Scammers are often anxious to leave dating websites upon making contact with a person, so they don’t get caught. But they want to keep talking through email, instant messaging, or phone calls rather than meet in person.
  • The ‘L’ word – ALREADY!!! Be suspicious if someone tells you they love you sooner than you expect or are comfortable with.
  • Trust Me – Scammers tend to talk about how important “trust” is. Wanting you to trust them in an effort to prepare you for a request for money that they’ll promise to pay back. Repayment will NEVER HAPPEN!
  • Sob Story – Scammers will do this in an attempt to gain sympathy, and potentially money from you.
  • Avoidance- The fraudsters will try and avoid meeting in person. They claim they live far away and convince you to pay for their trip to see you.
  • Residency- They claim to live in Canada or the United States but they are working or with family oversees

Helpful Reminders!

  • If it looks too good to be true –it probably is.
  • NEVER provide your personal information online or over the phone.
  • If you have NEVER entered a lottery – you haven’t won!
  • Dig a little deeper – Do not let anyone pressure you into making decisions about money or investments.
  • Do not be afraid to ask questions.
  • Never send money, even if you feel close to the person you’ve been talking to.If you receive a “pay cheque” or another form of payment from someone you’ve met online and they ask you to cash it and send a portion of the funds back to them. Do not do it, it’s a counterfeit cheque and you’ll be responsible to cover any fees from the bank

If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online through the website at http://www.antifraudcentre.ca.

For further information on fraudulent scams and to download “The Little Black Book of Scams” which is an excellent resource guide, visit: http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca