Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) “Protect Your Property Day”

Protect Your Property Day” is part of the OACP’s annual crime prevention campaign, which focuses on a broad range of crimes that impact Ontario residents and businesses, including on-line fraud, identification theft and other cybercrimes, auto theft, break-and-enters, bullying, and elder abuse. A new crime prevention booklet is now available to members of the public though the OACP and police services. The booklet contains helpful crime prevention tips and information.

To download OACP’s new booklet – “Crime Prevention. Protect Your Property. Protect Yourself” visit www.oacp.ca

PROPERTY CRIME TRENDS IN CANADA

Police-reported break-ins continue to decline

Break-ins are one of the most serious forms of property crime, and their decrease in 2013 contributed more to the decline of the overall Crime Severity Index (CSI) than any other offence. In 2013, the rate of break-ins in Canada decreased 12%, reaching 445 per 100,000 population. The roughly 156,000 incidents reported by police in 2013 represented a decrease of about 20,000 from 2012. Over the past decade, the rate of police-reported breaking and entering has decreased by half (-51%).

While B&E’s reported are down, cases of fraud and ID fraud are increasing

Cases of identity theft and fraud have increased across Canada from 10,807 in 2012 to 11,594 in 2013 – a 6% increase. 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. Victims may not realize they have been victimized until it is too late, costing them time and money to rectify the damage.

Factors influencing police-reported crime

There are many factors that influence police-reported crime statistics. First, an incident must come to the attention of police. The decision by the public to report criminal incidents to police has a considerable impact on the number of crimes ultimately recorded by police. The 2009 General Social Survey on Victimization, which provides the most recent information on Canadians’ crime reporting behaviour for selected offences, indicated that about one-third (31%) of crimes in the year prior to the survey had been reported to police.

Second, differences between individual police services, such as available resources or departmental priorities, policies and procedures can also have an effect on police-reported crime. For instance, as a crime prevention measure, some police services have implemented initiatives to focus attention on prolific or repeat offenders within the community. Moreover, certain crimes such as impaired driving, prostitution, and drug offences can be notably affected by a police service’s enforcement practices. Some police services may also make greater use of municipal bylaws or provincial statutes to respond to minor offences such as mischief and disturbing the peace.

Thirdly, and more broadly, social and economic factors can influence the volume of crime at a national, regional, municipal or neighbourhood level. In particular, crime rates can be affected by age demographics (Stevens et al. 2013; Carrington 2001), economic conditions (Andresen 2012; Phillips and Land 2012; Pottie-Bunge et al. 2005), neighbourhood characteristics (Livingston et al. 2014; Charron 2011; Savoie 2008), the emergence of new technologies (Wall 2010; Nuth 2008) or by Canadians’ attitudes toward crime and risky behaviour (Ouimet 2004).

Source: Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2013

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2014001/article/14040-eng.htm

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Undated – Suspicious Package Being Investigated Near Kent Street

item will be removed by student with us. The OPP’s Emergency Disposal Unit has been called off

confirming package was part of a students experiment, with the help of our media partners he became aware of the concern called us thx all

our suspicious package may be a student’s experiment…will be following up with student asap & will advise

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service is investigating a suspicious package in the area of Kent Street and Angeline Street.  At 10:30 AM this morning, two males were seen placing an item in a field behind a snow bank. The pair left the area in a dark coloured, dirty pick-up truck.  The item was partially wrapped in a black garbage bag. There have been no threats and no reason to believe there is any public safety issue. We are, however, investigating the package as suspicious.  Out of an abundance of caution, the south sidewalk on Kent Street between Adelaide Street and Angeline Street has been closed to pedestrian traffic, for the investigation.

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service is requesting any members of the public with information on this incident to contact our police service or Crime Stoppers.  We are also asking the persons who placed the article at this location to contact the Kawartha Lakes Police Service immediately.  A photograph of the suspicious package can be found below.

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Inspector Mark Mitchell

City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service

Office: 705.324.5252 ext 526