Quick Click Challenge At LEX Kicks Off 2015 Seatbelt Campaign

Quick Click Challenge At LEX Kicks Off 2015 Seatbelt Campaign

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Challenge coach Sergeant Terry Cox cheers on his winning team in the 2014 Quick Click Challenge

We have heard it before “Seatbelts Save Lives” but unbelievably there are still people who don’t buckle up or use the appropriate child car seat or booster seat! Recent statistics indicate that 96% of Ontarians wear their seatbelts. Unfortunately, there are still approximately half a million people who do not. Further, statistics show that you are 36 times more likely to be killed in a collision if you are not wearing your seatbelt. It is a proven fact: Wearing a seatbelt and using the right child car seat or booster seat is the most effective way to reduce the risk of injury or death in a collision. 2015 will mark the 10th Anniversary of Ontario’s child booster seat law, in addition to the focus on seatbelt safety.

As part of the kick off to our 2015 Seatbelt Campaign we will once again be hosting the Quick Click Challenge during the opening ceremonies of the Lindsay Exhibition (LEX) on Wednesday September 23rd, 2015. Teams from local high schools, coached by KLPS members, will be on hand to participate in the relay race, where the object will be to get all of your team members buckled up as quickly as possible. The competition starts at 7:00pm so make sure you get to the ceremonies to see which team is the Quick Click Challenge champion this year.

Officially the 2015 seatbelt campaign will run from September 30th, 2015 to October 9th, 2015. During this time you can expect to see increased officer presence on our local roads in an effort to raise awareness around the benefits of buckling up. So remember to “Click It” or expect a ticket.

Make sure you visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/choose-car-seat.shtml for information on the proper use of child car seats and booster seats

I previously mentioned my upcoming #2015CompassiontoActiontrip , this one of the things we’ll do on our first day in Vienna

On our first full day of the  2015 Compassion to Action trip, thanks to two of this year’s generous participants, Tom and Sasha Weisz, our group will enjoy a three-course lunch at the Imperial Café in the heart of Vienna. Situated in the Imperial Hotel, the Café is steeped in significance – both from a general historical perspective and in the context of the life and legacy of Simon Wiesenthal.

The Imperial was Adolf Hilter’s favourite hotel. He stayed there whenever he visited Vienna. He spewed messages of hatred and violence to crowds of thousands of cheering Viennese residents from his personal hotel room balcony. He and other Nazi officials strategized and planned the murder of millions of innocent Jews and other “undesirables” in the Holocaust from his personal room. Hilter loved this hotel and, needless to say, despite partial Jewish ownership prior to 1938, any Jewish people who had not yet been transported to the camps or exterminated, were strictly forbidden on its grounds during the Nazi’s reign.

Years after Hilter’s death and the end of the Holocaust, Simon Wiesenthal decided to throw his 90th birthday party at the hotel. The air rich with classical Yiddish music and tables brimming with Kosher delicacies, friends and supporters from all over the world gathered at the hotel to celebrate the life and work of Simon Wiesenthal and the ideals of truth and justice he spent his entire adult life fighting so hard to protect. Through this party, Simon and his guests showed that any claim Hilter and the Nazi may have once had over the Imperial Hotel had been erased. Perhaps a different form of justice than Simon typically sought (being outside of a courtroom), but the party served as justice nonetheless.

Seventeen years after his famous birthday party, as Compassion to Action participants we will all gather at the Imperial Café to secure our own place in the Imperial’s history and to pay homage to the late, great Simon Wiesenthal.

The Pan Am Torch Relay will make its way through Lindsay today (June 4th 2015)

The relay will be travelling south on Highway 35 from Minden and is expected to reach Lindsay at approximately 12:55 pm. Loblaws is a corporate sponsor for the torch run so there will be a 5 min stop at this location.  At 1:02 pm the relay will leave Loblaws and will take the following route:

  • South on St. Joseph’s to Kent Street
  • East on Kent Street to Albert Street
  • North on Albert Street to Francis Street
  • East on Francis Street to Victoria Avenue North
  • South on Victoria Avenue to Victoria Park
  • The relay will stop at Victoria Park from 1:30 – 2:30 pm for a special event in the park
  • Then South on Victoria Avenue to Kent Street
  • East on Kent Street to Lindsay Street
  • South on Lindsay Street to Memorial Park arriving at 2:50 pm – There will also be no further torch runners past Memorial Park.

During the route we will assist with a rolling traffic escort, we expect the relay to be approximately 100 meters long, so traffic disruption will be minimal.

Prescription Drug Drop A Huge Success!

On Friday May 29th, 2015 our Sergeant Tom Hickey was joined by Leslie (Haliburton, Kawartha Pineridge District Health Unit), Beth (City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team), Ashley & Alex (Loblaws Pharmacy) and a member of the Kawartha Lakes Ontario Provincial Police, for the annual Prescription Drug Drop Off at Paramedics in the Park.

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The drop off was a huge success with a tremendous response from the community. We filled 1 & 1/4 – 5 gallon pales with prescription drugs that were turned in for destruction. That is without the packaging! Of note, we were very pleased to have quantities of a number of narcotics turned in including:

Tylenol 3’s
Percocet
Hydromorphone
Codeine
Dilaudid
Sleeping Pills
These are narcotics that have been taken out of circulation and will never fall into the wrong hands.

It is also important to note that you don’t have to wait for prescription drug drop day to drop those drugs off; you can take them any pharmacy, any time and they will be happy to dispose of them for you.

Thanks to all who participated and we look forward to next year!

RIDE BIG. LIVE BIG.

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death for Canadian men and women. I want to help change this. That’s why I’m riding with Wally’s Wheels again this year in Lindsay Wednesday May 20th at 5 pm we’re helping the Heart&Stroke Big Bike to create more survivors.

All of the money raised through Big Bike will go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, where they’ll use it to develop life-saving treatments that bring hope to heart disease and stroke patients. In the last year alone, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has helped created 165,000 survivors of heart disease and stroke. 

Please help me reach my fundraising goal of $250 by making a donation today. 

It’s only with your help that we can continue to fund this vital research, and return more survivors home to their loved ones.  

Thank you so much for your support!

To donate please visit my page at: http://support.heartandstroke.ca/site/TR/BigBike2015/BB_General_2015?px=1131456&pg=personal&fr_id=1774

Prescription Drug Drop-Off Friday May 29th

A Prescription For Success

Mark Friday May 29th, 2015 on your calendar and join us at Paramedics In The Park for our 3rd annual Prescription Drug Drop Off.

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From 10:00am until 3:00pm on May 29th, KLPS members joined by members from the Ontario Provincial Police; representatives from the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit and local pharmacists, will be set up at the Paramedics In The Park event to receive prescription drugs that you no longer require.

So! It is time to check your medicine cabinet’s cupboards, under your beds or anywhere else you can think of and let’s get those prescription drugs to a safe place and out of harm’s way. A few minutes of your time will ensure that they are safely disposed of.

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

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