News in Brief
June 27, 2018: SUMMER VACATION AND CRIME PREVENTION
(PEMBROKE, ON) - With the arrival of summer many people will be travelling and planning summer vacations in the coming months. It is important to take a few moments to think about crime prevention for your home and property before you go. The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind residents to consider the following crime prevention tips while away from their residence:
• Do not announce your trip/vacation plans on social media. Advertising your absence could be an invitation to would-be thieves.
• Arrange for someone to maintain your home so it appears occupied - this includes cutting the grass, picking up mail, flyers and newspapers and placing garbage and recycling containers at the curb for normal pickup.
• Ask trusted neighbours to keep an eye on your residence while you are away and leave your vacation address and phone numbers with them so you can be reached in an emergency.
• Use timers for lights, television or radios.
• Make sure all the locks on the windows and doors function properly and use them.
• Leave the shades and blinds on doors and windows in a position that you normally would have them.
• Ask a neighbour to park in your driveway so it will appear as if someone is home
• Make sure smoke and burglary alarms are functioning properly and armed.
• Consider taking valuables to a safety deposit box.
Your summer vacation should be an enjoyable, relaxing experience. Following these safety tips will reduce the chance of being victimized and allow travellers to return home to a safe and secure residence.
June 1, 2018: Law Enforcement Torch Run Celebrates 50 Years of Special Olympics
(Smiths Falls, ON) - On Monday, June 4th the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will hit the streets of Ottawa and communities through the Ottawa Valley.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics and this region has seen tremendous growth and successes in providing sports and other programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is proud to be the largest source of revenue for Special Olympics, and even more proud to support our athletes in their endeavours.
Officers with the OPP, Ottawa Police Service, Provincial Corrections, RCMP and other law enforcement partners, along with local Special Olympians will be running and walking through communities raising funds and awareness.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run will be in:
June 4th - Ottawa (11am @ Ottawa Police HQ - Elgin Street)
June 5th - Pembroke (9:30am @ Pembroke Town Hall), Petawawa (12:15pm @ Legion) and Barry's Bay (2:30pm @ Credit Union)
June 6th - Renfrew (10:00am @ Town Hall) & Arnprior (1pm @ LCBO)
June 7th - Perth (9 am @ OPP Detachment), Carleton Place (11am @ OPP Detachment) & Merrickville 1:30pm @ Merrickville Public School)
Runners will have their collection buckets ready for those who wish to make a donation.
For more information visit our website at: www.torchrunontario.com
May 8, 2018: LOCK IT OR LOSE IT - UPPER OTTAWA VALLEY OPP RESULTS
(PEMBROKE, ON) - The Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding motorists and passengers to Lock it OR Lose it when it comes to their vehicles and valuables as part of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police's (OACP) Lock It OR Lose It campaign.
On Monday May 7, 2018 auxiliary OPP officers conducted checks of vehicles parked at the Pembroke Mall and at the municipal parking lots in Pembroke's downtown area. Of the 150 vehicles checked, 15 vehicles were found to be unlocked and insecure including two vehicles with their windows down. Three vehicles were observed to have valuables, including a purse, in plain view.
During the Lock It OR Lose It campaign, police officers, auxiliary officers, and crime prevention personnel will examine parked vehicles to confirm they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. They place a small notice on vehicles checked indicating what safety precautions were neglected and offer simple prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft. The notices also congratulate drivers who have secured their vehicle. The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP will use Lock It OR Lose It notices throughout the year as part of our on-going crime prevention efforts.
Motorists and passengers are also urged not to keep personal documents such as vehicle ownership, liability pink slips, credit card invoices, or other documents containing personal information in their vehicles. Identity thieves are looking for such documents so they can assume identities, secure credit card accounts, lease vehicles for export, and even take out a mortgage against victims' properties without their knowledge.
March 19, 2018: CANADA REVENUE AGENCY SCAMS ARE BACK
(SOUTH FRONTENAC TOWNSHIP, ON) - The Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has received several complaints from residents regarding a common fraud that involves a fraudster impersonating a representative of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Police are reminding residents that this is an ongoing scam.
Whether by telephone or by email, the pitch involves one of two variations. The fraudsters are demanding that outstanding taxes are paid by a money service business or by pre-paid debit / credit cards; or they are phishing for identification in order to fulfill a potential refund.
The tactics used by these fraudsters are quite aggressive, persistent and meant to cause panic in the victims. Consumers and businesses may receive a notification by phone or email that they owe "back taxes" as the result of an audit. The payment must be made immediately to avoid a fine or the recipient is told there is an outstanding warrant that can be avoided if the payment is made promptly. In many cases, individuals are told they will be arrested if the taxes are not paid right away.
Warning sign(s) - How to protect yourself
• Do not take immediate action. Verify that what you are being told is the truth.
• Contact the CRA to confirm that you in fact owe back taxes, or are entitled to a refund before providing any personal or banking information.
• Ask yourself why the CRA would be asking for personal information over the phone or e-mail that they likely already have on file for you as a taxpayer.
If you suspect that someone is trying to scam you contact the agency directly, if you believe that you are being scammed hang up. If you have been defrauded contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
For more information about Fraud Scams involving the CRA visit the Canada Revenue Web page at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/scrty/frdprvntn/menu-eng.html. For more information on other frauds, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre.ca
December 12, 2017: Public Service Announcement - Slash Pile Burning to occur at Garrison Petawawa Training Ground this month
Garrison Petawawa, Ont. – The public should be advised that Slash Pile Burning operations will be occurring in select areas at the Garrison Petawawa Range and Training area from 11-22 December, 2017.
The controlled burning is necessary to eliminate fire hazard when the hot summer months arrive. The public may see or smell smoke at times during this time coming from the Range and Training area, as well, air quality could be affected for short periods of time. There should be no cause for alarm as fully trained personnel will be in the area controlling the situation.