Crime Prevention Week

November 5 to 11 is Crime Prevention Week  – a week supported by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Service, and all police services in Ontario.

“Preventing crimes from taking place and effective partnering with the community to address criminal activities when they happen is how we build safe communities,” said South Simcoe Sgt. Lewis DaSilva. “Ontario communities are among the safest in the world, but we can't stand still when it comes to crime. That's why our service is committed to partnering with community leaders, young people, businesses and government to prevent crime.”

During Crime Prevention Week, South Simcoe Police will be promoting the Lock It or Lose It Campaign, advising drivers to remove valuables from plain view and lock their vehicles; and Safe Roads... Your Call, asking residents to call 911 if they spot a suspected impaired driver on the road.

Also during Crime Prevention Week, South Simcoe Police have been assisting residents to engrave their belongings with  identifiable markings –  initials, a special number, or anything that will be memorable, and will help police if your property is stolen. Bicycles, electronics, sports gear – any item that can be engraved could be brought to South Division's garage on Melbourne Drive in Bradford on Nov. 7, or the North Division Garage at 2137 Innisfil Beach Rd. on Nov. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., to be engraved.

The OACP has identified the top ten crimes: Residential break and enters; impaired/drugged driving; cyber crime and identity theft; Online fraud; theft from vehicles/vehicle thefts; thefts of bicycles; thefts from garages, lockers, sheds, mailboxes and porches (deliveries); assaults; pharmacy thefts/robberies; thefts of prescription drugs.

Help prevent crime, by being aware of your surroundings, and taking precautions to make property and homes secure.