The Barrie and South Simcoe Police Services are pleased to officially recognize a collaborative partnership that will see both Service’s working together to combat and prevent auto theft in the City of Barrie and the Towns of Innisfil and Bradford.

This partnership is possible due to the announcement of a grant in late November last year by the Ontario Government which will see $18 million dollars invested over a three-year period for 21 projects across Ontario. The Barrie and South Simcoe Police Services received $1.8 million dollars as their portion of the Preventing Auto Thefts Grant.

When announced by the Ontario Government, Premier Doug Ford stated “this investment will help our police services crack down on the growing problem of auto theft, dismantle organized crime networks and get these criminals off the streets and behind bars where they belong. Our government is making the necessary investments so that our police officers have the tools they need to keep people and communities safe.”

“We recognize the need for borderless policing in Simcoe County and partnering, as we do with the South Simcoe Police Service, we will form an integral bond that benefits all our communities. As criminals attempt to travel through our neighbourhoods seeking out their next motor vehicle to steal, our officers will be hot on their heels to intercept them, arrest them and hold them accountable for their actions” states Chief Rich Johnston of the Barrie Police Service.

Chief John Van Dyke of the South Simcoe Police Service says “our working relationship with the Barrie Police Service is incredible and historically, great things happen when our officers work together”. He further adds “I am confident the investment that the Ontario Government has made in our communities will send a message that this type of organized crime is not welcome here and we are prepared to combat auto theft with tools and resources that focus on prevention, detection, analysis and enforcement”.

In the days and weeks to come, both Services will embark on a comprehensive plan that includes the widespread distribution of 10,000 Faraday Bags that are designed to prevent key fob signals from being obtained. A continuous source of messaging on social media platforms will also be undertaken to collectively keep our citizens safe and their property in their hands, and not in in the hands of opportunistic thieves and organized crime.

The public can also expect updates when arrests, recovered stolen motor vehicles are located and where and when thefts are occurring so that precautions are in place to prevent future theft occurrences.

Prepared by: Corporate Communications 


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