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Media Advisory: March 31, 2015

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UPDATE (31MAR2015 - 1708hrs) Barrie Fire has assessed the scene and found that there does not appear to be toxic or explosive. Occupants of the building have been permitted back inside to their ...
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How To Protect Your Cyber Reputation!

How To Protect Your Cyber Reputation!
March 31st, 2015 - Police & the Community

The world of communication is changing every day and we need to stay informed!

It began with our homes having a standard desktop computer and then came along the laptop. Now, it is hand held devices; iPads, iPhones, iPods and Android devices. These devices do everything from making a phone call to activating your household alarm or washer/dryer!

We need to consistently educate ourselves and become familiar with social media platforms that our children utilize every day. Having open communication with your children is the key to keeping them safe and you informed!

A great app for teens is; “Send This Instead”. When teens are feeling pressured to send intimate images to someone online, “Send This Instead” is an excellent app to be utilized. The creators of this app explained the purpose behind its creation; “We asked all the funny people we knew, "What would you say if someone asked you to send images you didn't want to?" We took their answers and made posters and developed this app. The posters are witty, sarcastic and meant to help get the point across - using humor as a strategy.  As well the app includes reference points and links for youth dealing with issues around the sharing of intimate images". This app can be utilized on Apple and Android devices.

Take the time and browse through the sites below. These sites will provide parents, children, teens and young adults with all the "Correct" information needed.

Knowledge is Power and the more you know the safer you and your family will be!

Cyber Tips

Cyber Smart

Kids Help Phone

 

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Tax Season Scammers

Tax Season Scammers
March 30th, 2015 - Fraud Alert

Barrie Police Fraud Unit would like to alert the community in regards to two current frauds currently taking place.

Tax Scams:

Being in the swing of tax seasons some criminals are trying to defraud individuals out of their money by using scare tactics, threats of police involvement and even possible jail time if they do not pay up!

A female reported that she received a phone call from an individual who stated he was with Revenue Canada.  He said she was guilty of fraud and that police will be at her home soon unless she made immediate payment to the caller.

The caller called Barrie Police and hung up the phone, making the right decision.

Barrie Police is warning people to watch out for calls, mail, or e-mail that claim to be from the CRA but are not.

These are phishing scams that could result in identity thefts. E-mail scams may also contain embedded malware, or malicious software, that can harm your computer and put your personal information at risk.

One recent example of an e-mail scam that has been circulating includes telling people to click on a link and provide their SIN number to receive a tax refund.

The CRA never requests, by e-mail, personal information of any kind from a taxpayer.

People often will take advantage of the timing, such as tax season or the holidays, to circulate scams.

 

Energy Company Scams:

A Barrie resident called police to advise that a male representative from ‘Just Energy’ knocked on her door and requested that he see her current gas company bill to verify $100.00 rebate.

The intent of this scammer is to potentially get inside your home and record personal information on your energy bill, such as account your number, so they may hack your account defrauding you of monies!

 

Barrie Police Service would like to remind the public to be aware of these types of scams.  NEVER provide personal information unless true identify is established and call police if you have any suspicions!

For more ways to protect yourself please visit the Anti-Fraud Centre

Fake $100.00 American Dollar Bills Circulate

Fake $100.00 American Dollar Bills Circulate
March 26th, 2015 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police Service Fraud Unit wants the public and businesses owners to be on the lookout for counterfeit American bills circulating our area.

Since August 2014 the Fraud Unit has investigated 52 incidents of fake $20, $50 and $100 dollar bills that have been passed off as legitimate funds within the community of Barrie.

As early as last week, March 17th and 18th, 2015, an unknown male entered three different restaurant establishments in Barrie and paid for food with a fake $100.00 American dollar bill.  All bills were accepted allowing the suspect to walk away with approximately $75.00 dollars in change leaving the restaurants owners out money.

On March 18th, 2015 the same male was reported in Collingwood passing off fake $100.00 American dollar bills.

 

Suspect Description:

Male White, mid to late 20’s, approximately 5’10, medium build, dark brown hair parted to the left, clean shaven.

 

Clothing Description:

Dark shoes, dark jacket, wearing dark rimmed glasses.

 

Barrie Police are asking members of the community and business owners to be diligent in checking any suspicious American or Canadian bills that they may be in the position to acquire.

For more information of what to look for in counterfeit money visit:

American Currency

 

Police are confident that a member of the public will recognize the male in the surveillance photo.  If anyone has further information they are asked to contact D/Cst McKibbon of the Fraud Unit at (705)725-7025 extension # 2941 or anonymously at Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

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JR CST Camp Innovation Award!

JR CST Camp Innovation Award!
March 26th, 2015 - Police & the Community

Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 PRO Awards. These provincial awards recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations that have enhanced the quality of life for Ontario's citizens.

This year’s recipients have shown dedication, leadership and innovation. PRO is delighted to be able to honour these people and organizations at a provincial level for the contributions they make in their communities. Parks and recreation services bring vibrancy to towns and cities and I applaud our award winners for making a real difference in the quality of life for Ontarians.

The Barrie Police – Community Service Unit is the recipient of the 2015 HIGH FIVE Innovation Award in recognition of the Junior Constable Camp Program. The awards ceremony will be held on March 25th 2015 in Collingwood, ON.

Congratulations!

More JR Cst Camp Pictures on our Facebook

Pro Award

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Tactical Support Unit Bowling with Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Tactical Support Unit Bowling with Big Brothers and Big Sisters
March 26th, 2015 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police Tactical Support Unit bowled agianst Barrie Fire/EMS on Wednesday March 25th 2015 at the annual Bowl For Kids Sake.

Bowl for Kids Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters' premier fun-raising event where people get together with friends, family, and co-workers and have a great time bowling in support of Big Brother Big Sister mentoring programs in the Barrie area.

The Barrie Police Tactical Support Unit raised $1200 and are the 2015 Pledge Champions !!!

 

Bowl For Kids Sake Video Clip  - Courtesy of CTV News Barrie

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Cops For Cancer Head Shave Fundraiser!

Cops For Cancer Head Shave Fundraiser!
March 26th, 2015 - Police & the Community

Cops for Cancer in Orillia 2015!

This years event, hosted at Georgian College in Orillia, brought together not only police officers but a wide variety of emergency services personnel and members of the public to participate in fundraising and cancer awareness. The event held fundraising efforts including not only head shaving but also lead up events including a fund raiser tug of war.

Cops For Cancer raises funds in the fight against cancer with event participants collecting pledges from their co-workers, friends, family and community members.

Barrie Police members Constable Kristin Boehler, D/Cst Shawn Denomme and Constable Mike Rasmussens all took part in this amazing fundraiser.  Together with D/Cst Kim Young they raised over $600.00 dollars and the event raised over 22,000.00.

Start growing your locks for next year's event!

See more:

Cops For Cancer

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Working In Our Community

Working In Our Community
March 24th, 2015 - Police & the Community

Barrie Police Service Strategic Business Plan 2014-2016:

Goal # 2: Ensure Public Safety and Security

From past to present times, Barrie Police Service continues to protect our community and encourage crime prevention initiatives.

Let's work together for a safer Barrie!

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Police Seeking Identity Of Female Fishing Enthusiast Thief From Cabela's

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March 23rd, 2015 - Police & the Community

On Thursday March 18, 2015 at 7:19 pm a female attended Cabela’s in the City of Barrie.

Upon entering the store the female selected a shopping cart, placing her red bag inside. She proceeded directly to the fishing department and selected a fish finder (Humminbird 999CI HD SI Comp), valued at $1,989.99 and placed it into the shopping cart beside the red bag.

Approximately ten minutes later the female isolates herself within a section of the store and quickly conceals the fish finder into the red bag, then removes her jacket and places it over top of the concealed item within the cart.

The female continued to walk throughout the store selecting various women’s clothing and placing them into the shopping cart. Upon approaching the front cash the female is seen with a weighted down red bag now hanging from her arm, and her jacket over top. She advised the cashier that she had forgotten her bank card in the car and that she would be right back, leaving the women’s clothing behind in the shopping cart.

The female quickly fled the store and got into the passenger side of a dark colored vehicle that  fled the area. Due to limited lighting a licence plate number was not obtained.  The vehicle is believed to be Neon and dark in color.

Suspect Description:

White Female, medium build, approximately 5’4, 130lbs and long hair – reddish / brown in color.

Clothing:

Long grey jacket with black sleeves and trim, jogging pants, beige boots, purple hoodie and a large red bag.

Click below links for video footage:

Suspect Footage #1

Suspect Footage #2

Suspect Footage # 3

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Parkin at (705)725-7025 extension #2735 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Reminder – Crime Stoppers allows you to remain anonymous.

Press Release - Daytime Edition: March 20, 2015

Press Release - Daytime Edition

On Thursday March 19th, the Barrie Police Street Crime Unit in conjunction with PAVIS commenced an investigation into a male believed to be dealing drugs at various locations throughout the City ...
Posted March 20, 2015 | Read more