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Did You Lock Your Vehicle??

Did You Lock Your Vehicle??
July 28th, 2015 - Police & the Community

A professional can steal your vehicle in just 30 seconds – without the key. 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 crime prevention program is to encourage drivers to take a few simple precautions that will protect their vehicles from theft.

An unlocked door or an open window is an invitation to thieves. The goal of the "Lock It or Lose It" program vehicle security audit reminds drivers to always:

  • Roll up their vehicles’ windows
  • Keep valuables out of sight
  • Lock their doors
  • Pocket their keys

In partnership with IBC, vehicles parked in a variety of locations are checked to confirm that they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. A small notice is placed on every vehicle checked indicating what safety precautions were neglected and offering some simple prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft. The notice also congratulates drivers who have ensured that their vehicle is secure, with valuables out of plain sight.

Auto theft costs Canadians more than $1 billion every year. About half of all stolen vehicles are used to commit another crime or are driven – often recklessly – for simple purposes of transportation (this is called ‘destination theft’). In these cases, the thieves are usually amateurs who take advantage of owner negligence by grabbing the first vehicle they can find that’s been left unsecured. In the other half of cases, vehicles are stolen by professional thieves involved in organized crime rings.

Join the Barrie Police at Walmart, on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, located on Bayfield Street.

The Barrie Police will be on location from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., ensuring your vehicle is secure. They will offer tips/advice on how to keep your vehicle, vessel and home secure for the summer months!

The key to protecting your vehicle is in your hands. Keep yourself from becoming an easy target by properly securing your vehicle. Remember: Lock It or Lose It!


2014 Barrie Police Annual Report

2014 Barrie Police Annual Report
July 24th, 2015 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police Service is pleased to release its 2014 Annual Report. Within this document you will find how our organization is working to provide policing excellence to ensure a safe and secure community as we meet our Strategic Business Plan goals and objectives.

The Service continues to strive to serve, protect and enhance our community through the dedicated efforts of the personnel who, daily, commit themselves to the professional delivery of policing services to the citizens of Barrie.

The Barrie Police 2014 Annual report can be found under the 'Publications' section of our website.

Barrie Police 2014 Annual Report

'All Hands On Deck' To Reduce Speeding

'All Hands On Deck' To Reduce Speeding
July 24th, 2015 - Police & the Community

Speed Enforcement Blitz- “Easy Does it Blitz”

Officers will take an “All Hands on Deck” approach to speeding in high accident locations within the City of Barrie, taking a zero tolerance approach to enforcement.

July 26th to August 1st, 2015 officers will continue to keep our community safe by watching speeds by motorists!.


Operation Dry Water-Help Reduce the Number of Impaired Boaters On The Water

Operation Dry Water-Help Reduce the Number of Impaired Boaters On The Water
July 24th, 2015 - Police & the Community

Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40% boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways.  To raise awareness and reduce alcohol related deaths, the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and Barrie Police is launching an initiative called “Operation Dry Water”.   The goal is to discourage this dangerous practice.

Operation Dry Water is a national awareness and enforcement campaign focused on reducing the number of alcohol and drug related accidents and fatalities and fostering a stronger, more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water.

With the summer boating season in high gear, the upcoming August 2nd long weekend is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risk of drinking and boating.  Combined with sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat, the effects of alcohol on the water can be greatly increased.

The CSBC and Barrie Police Service would like, through this initiative, 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.

Operation Dry Water is aimed at reducing the number of alcohol –related accidents and fatalities on the water while fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use while boating.  The end goal; achieve safer and more enjoyable recreational boating.

Safe boating!


For more information:

Canadian Safe Boating Council 

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Media Advisory: July 22, 2015

Media Advisory

Barrie Police want to advise the public that Wildlife Management - Goose Control will be setting off distraction devices this evening in the area of Lakeshore Drive that will sound like gun shots ...
Posted July 22, 2015 | Read more

Barrie CMA lowest Crime Severity Index Second Year In A Row

Barrie CMA lowest Crime Severity Index Second Year In A Row
July 22nd, 2015 - Police & the Community

2014 Crime Severity Index


Within our City, we have a number of associations, business, community groups and service organizations who work together on a daily basis.  Through this collaborative approach to ensure the safety and security of our City, Statistics Canada has recorded the Barrie Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) as having the lowest Crime Severity Index (CSI) for the second year in a row.

Statistics Canada has released the Police-reported crime statistics, 2014.   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.  From 2013 to 2014, the CSI decreased 3 % nationwide.   The decline in the crime rate in 2014 represented the 11th consecutive decrease.

The Barrie Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) consists of Barrie (City), Innisfil (Town) and Springwater (Townships).

Barrie CMA 2014 overall CSI is reported at 43.6% which is less than a percentage increase from the 2013 overall CSI which was reported at 42.8 %.

The City of Barrie’s Violent CSI is reported at 50.8% is slightly higher than the 2013 report of 46.7% yet still lower than 2012 which was reported at 57.9 %.  Barrie recorded the lowest CSI among all CMA’s in 2014 despite a 2% increase.

Violent CSI across the county has decreased by 5% as we have seen in other Ontario Cities who were also among the top in CSI ratings.

The Barrie Police Service remains committed to our citizens to identify the necessary strategies and initiatives that will further decrease crime in an effort to make Barrie a safer community. Our priority is to ensure public safety and security coupled with enhancing community mobilization and engagement.

For further information or clarification regarding this release please contact:
Media Relations Unit at (705)725-7025 extension 2926 or 2210


Additional Information:

Police-reported crime statistics, 2014


What is the Crime Severity Index?

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.  First introduced in 2009 it complements two other measures of crime; the police-reported Crime Rate, which measures the volume of crime, and victimization survey data, which measure Canadians’ experiences of crime.

What can the Crime Severity Index be used for?

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?

What does the Crime Severity Index tell us?

The Crime Severity Index tells us if police reported crime was relatively more or less serious than in previous years.  For ease of interpretation, the index is converted to 100 for the base year.  For jurisdictions, the Crime Severity Index is particularly useful in determining if police reported crime has become more or less serious over time, or if police reported crime is more or less serious in one area than another.

How is the Crime Severity Index calculated and are the weights updated regularly?

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.  Weights for the Index are based on the average of five years of courts sentencing data and they are updated every five years, using the most recent data available from the courts.  It should be noted that outliers (atypically very long and unique sentences for a given offence) are not included in the average.

What is a Census Metropolitan Area?

A census metropolitan area (CMA) consists of one or more neighbouring municipalities situated around a major urban core.   A CMA must have a total population of at least 100,000 of which 50,000 or more live in the urban core.  To be included in the CMA, other adjacent municipalities must have a high degree of integration with the central urban area, as measured by commuting flows.  The Barrie CMA consists of the Barrie Police Service and the South Simcoe Police Service (Innisfil Township ) and the Ontario Provincial  Police (Springwater Township ). Stats Canada reports that the crime severity Index for the Barrie CMI is 48.7%.

Where can I obtain more information?

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


Press Release - Daytime Edition: July 19, 2015

Press Release - Daytime Edition

On the 18th of July 2015 at approximately 10:20pm, Barrie Police responded to a report of a serious motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Country Lane and Dean Ave in the Southeast end of ...
Posted July 19, 2015 | Read more

LOCATED: Missing Elderly Male

Name: John Chappell
Age: 75 years old
Missing Since: 10:00am Saturday, July 18th, 2015
Occurrence Number: BA15035371
LOCATED: Missing Elderly Male
July 18th, 2015 - Missing Persons

The male has been safely located and returned home.  Thank you to all the public for their quick response and assistance.


Police are currently looking for 75 year old male John Chappell.  John was last seen leaving his home in the downtown area at approximately 10:00am on Saturday, July 18th, 2015.  He is wearing a light navy blue golf shirt, black jeans, light brown shoes and a black baseball cap with "Marriott Cypress Florida" in white stitching along the front.  He is described as 5'9", 172lbs, medium build with blue eyes and short blonde/brown hair balding on top. 

John suffers from dementia and seizures causing him to become disoriented and confused easily.  Police are asking if anyone has seen this male or has information to call (705)725-7025 immediately.

LOCATED - Missing Eldery Male

Name: David RAWE
Age: 76
Missing Since: 10AM July 17th, 2015
Occurrence Number: BA15035230
LOCATED - Missing Eldery Male
July 17th, 2015 - Missing Persons

Barrie Police would like to thank the public and advise that David was located.


Barrie Police are currently looking for 76 year old David RAWE.  David left a Blake Street nursing home around 10AM this morning with intentions of taking a city bus to the Georgian Mall.  He was last seen wearing a blue ball cap, yellow raincoat, beige pants, black shoes and he uses a walker.  The male can become disoriented and confused easily.  Police are asking if anyone has seen the male or has information to call 705-725-7025.

Missing Elderly Male

Missing Elderly Male
July 17th, 2015 - Community Alert Network Notice

Barrie Police are currently looking for a missing 76 year old male, David RAWE.  David left a nursing home on Blake street this morning around 10AM wearing a Blue ball cap, yellow raincoat, grey pants and black shoes.  The male uses a walker to get around.  David had planned on taking a city bus to the Georgian Mall but its unknown if he made it.  David can get confused and disoriented easily.  Anyone who may have seen the male or has any information is asked to call the Barrie Police at 705-725-7025.