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Crime Prevention Week. November 05 -11, 2017

South Simcoe Police Service Launches Crime Prevention Week 

Building Safer Communities Together 

(Bradford/Innisfil)  On Sunday, November 05, 2017,  South Simcoe Police Service kicked off Ontario's annual Crime Prevention Week, which runs from November 5 to 11, 2017.  The week long promotion of crime prevention is supported by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Service, and all police services across 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 Sergeant 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." 

This week, South Simcoe Police Service will be actively advising local residents to avoid becoming victims of crime. With our “Lock It Or Lose It” campaign, we advise drivers to remove valuables and lock their cars. Our “Safe Roads, Your Call” program is designed to alert police to impaired driving, by partnering with citizens who call in when they suspect an impaired driver. 

The OACP released the top ten crimes that take up most of a police officer’s day. 

· Residential Break & Enters 

· Impaired/Drugged Driving 

· Cyber Crime/Identity Theft 

· Fraud - Online exchanges 

· Theft from Vehicles/Theft of Vehicles 

· Theft of Bicycles 

· Theft from Garages, Lockers, Mail Boxes, Sheds, and Front Porches (Deliveries) 

· Awareness of Your Surroundings to Prevent Assaults 

· Pharmacy Thefts/Robberies 

· Theft of Prescription Drugs 

Halloween Candy Checks

Halloween Candy Checks 

South Simcoe Police are asking parents to inspect their children's Halloween candy. 

On Thursday, November 02, police were informed by a parent that a sharp object was found inside a candy her daughter received on Halloween night while out trick-or-treating in the Alcona area. 

The victim was not hurt or injured. 

After Trick or Treating 

- Parents should sort and check treats in a well-lit area before eating. 

- Throw away candy or food that is not wrapped and sealed by a candy or food company. 

- Carefully check all wrappers for signs of tampering. 

- Always wash and cut open fruit before taking a bite. 

- If any harmful items are found, notify Police immediately. 

Man Wanted in Connection with Bradford School Assault

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police are currently investigating an Assault that occurred outside an Elementary School on Professor Day Drive in the Town of West Gwillimbury on Wednesday, November 1st at approximately 3:15 p.m. 

The victim, a 15 year old female was standing outside the school, when she was approached by an unknown male. The male approached her from behind and wrapped both his arms around her. The victim attempted to alert a female bystander who was standing in the immediate area, at which time the suspect put his hand over the victims mouth. 

The bystander noticed the interaction and indicated she was calling police. The suspect released the victim and fled on foot, southbound in a field which is located south of the school towards Blue Dasher Boulevard. 

The suspect is described as: 

Male White 

5'10", Thin Build 

In his 50's or 60's 

Bloodshot eyes 

White hair. Full white beard 

Wearing glasses 

White and black striped toque 

Black hooded sweater 

Blue Jeans 

Black Shoes 

South Simcoe Police are appealing for the bystander who intervened in this occurrence or any witnesses to call the Criminal Investigations Bureau at (905) 775-3311 extension or Crime Stoppers. 

Although the occurrence did not happen on school property, South Simcoe Police are working with the Simcoe County District School Board and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board to alert students and parents as this occurrence happened within close proximity to an elementary school and two high schools. 

Police are providing the following safety tips for students: 

- If your child walks to school or to the bus stop, try to arrange a walking buddy or group.
- If your child walks to school, make sure they go along main routes that are well-travelled, rather than taking shortcuts through deserted areas.
- Develop a "what if" game for your child to get them thinking about how they would respond if they felt threatened or afraid.
- Know who your child is with and where they go. This includes keeping a list of their friend's addresses and phone numbers.
- Teach your children where and how to get help. Go with them on their regularly travelled routes and identify safe places to go for help.
- Teach your child to talk to you immediately when someone does anything that makes them feel strange or uncomfortable. Listen when your child is trying to tell you about something that bothers them and provide them with support and understanding. 

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Media Release. Friday, November 03, 2017

Stunt Driving/ Drive Over 80 mgs 

(Bradford, ON)  On Thursday, November 02, 2017, around 3:30 p.m., a South Simcoe Police Service Traffic Unit officer was conducting speed enforcement on the 12th Line, Town of Bradford/West Gwillimbury.  He watched a car travelling eastbound at a high rate of speed and activated his radar.  The car registered a speed of 111 km/h in a posted 60 km/h zone.  Police stopped the vehicle and while speaking to the driver, he noted a strong smell of alcohol.  A roadside screening device test was conducted resulting in a FAIL.  A 42 year old female from Innisfil was charged with Stunt Driving and Drive Over 80 mgs.  Her vehicle was towed and  impounded for 7 days, her driver's licence was suspended for 90 days.  She will appear in court later this month. 

Recovered Stolen Vehicle 

(Bradford,ON)  South Simcoe Police responded to a call on Thursday, November 2, 2017 around 8:00 a.m. in the area of Artesian Industrial Parkway and Dissette in Bradford for a report of a stolen vehicle.  An employee from a dealership in Innisfil reported to work on today's date and realized that one of their vehicles had been stolen from the lot.  He was able to track the location of the truck using the GPS system.   Investigating officers entered the property confirming it to be the reported stolen truck.  The vehicle was missing all the rims and tires.   Investigation is continuing as South Simcoe Police Identification Unit was able to locate foot and tire prints in the surrounding area of the truck. 

Theft of Vehicle 

(Innisfil, ON)  On Thursday, November 02, 2017, around 9:30 p.m., South Simcoe Police received a call about a theft of a vehicle.  While visiting friends, the victim parked his truck in the Innisfil Beach Park parking lot around 6:30 p.m..  When he returned to the lot around 9:30 he noticed his vehicle was gone. 

The truck is described as a white 2007 GMC Sierra 2500 bearing licence plate #AR33283. 

Break and Enter 

(Innisfil, ON)  South Simcoe Police received a call around 6:00 p.m. for a report of a break and enter that had occurred to a home on Innisbrook Street in Innisfil.  When the home owner arrived home shortly after 5:00 p.m., she noticed her home had been rummaged through.  Entry was gained from a rear window into the basement.  A quantity of jewelry and some purses were taken from the home. 

Drugs Taken Off Local Streets

Possession of Cocaine 

(Bradford, ON)  On Wednesday, November 01, 2017, around 12:30 p.m.,  South Simcoe Police were called to a business on Holland Street East in Bradford in relation to a suspicious person.  The employee observed a male attempting to break into a vehicle.  The suspect was located and spoken to by police.    

Further investigation showed he was on conditions to refrain from the consumption or possession of drugs.  The male was found to be in possession of a both cocaine and marijuana. A 33 year old man from Bradford has been charged with two counts of Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Breach Of Probation.  He was held for a Bail Hearing November 2, 2017. 

Possession of Cocaine 

(Innisfil, ON)  On Wednesday, November 1st, officers from the South Simcoe Police - Street Crime Unit were following up on information regarding possible drug trafficking occurring in the Town of Innisfil. 

At approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, officers stopped a vehicle on the 20th Side Road and arrested a man and women inside the car. In a search following the arrest, officers located over 6 1/2 ounces of cocaine inside the vehicle. The drugs have an estimated street value in excess of $20,000. 

A 50 year old man and a 48 year old woman, both from Innisfil have been charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Trafficking Cocaine and Possession of a Controlled Substance.They will be appearing in Bradford Provincial Court on December 14th to answer to the charges. 

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