'We hear you, and we can’t thank you enough.' Chief Stephen Tanner.

News 100 blueBy Staff

September 24th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service has received a number of inquiries about the condition of the two officers who were involved in the early morning incident in Burlington on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Police and SIU at crime scene

Police mobile command vehicle on site at the shootout.

One of the two injured officers has been released from hospital, and we anticipate the second officer being released from hospital in the coming days.

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Chief thanks community for their support.

“The outpouring of support and concern for all of the men and women who serve the community of Halton has been overwhelming. Please know that we hear you, and we can’t thank you enough,” said Chief Stephen Tanner.

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Community working with the police at its very best.

Crime 100By Staff

September 23rd, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service release reports on criminal activity on a regular basis.

In their September 23rd report on Impaired Driving Offenses Within Halton Region they focused on arrests they made based on information given to them by the public who called the police when they saw driving behaviour they thought was suspicious.

The three drivers reported here could have continued driving while under the influence and go on to do serious damage and perhaps even end the life of anyone they struck with their vehicle.

911 room

911 calls go directly to the Communications Centre where the civilian operators can be in touch instanly with police cruisers in the area the incident is reported from. If they are given license plate number of the vehicle the officer in the cruiser will know in seconds everything they need to know about the driver and what kind of action they need to take to apprehend that driver.

On September 17, 2018 just before 12:00 am, Halton Police officers responded to a citizen-initiated complaint near the intersection of Main Street South and Maple Avenue in Georgetown. As a result of an investigation, Philip CHYLINSKI (24) of Georgetown was charged with care or control over 80 mgs.

On September 20, 2018 just before 10:30 am, Halton Police officers responded to citizen-initiated complaint near the intersection of Main Street East and Court Street in Milton. As a result of an investigation, Joseph WEADGE (68) of Milton was charged with care or control over 80 mgs.

On September 20, 2018 shortly after 10:30 pm, Halton Police officers responded to a citizen-initiated complaint near the intersection of Upper Middle Road and Sutton Drive in Burlington. As a result of an investigation, Amy SMITH (36) of Burlington was charged with driving over 80 mgs.

The Halton Regional Police Service remains committed to road safety through prevention, education and enforcement initiatives.

Members of the public are reminded that driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is a crime in progress and to call 9-1-1 immediately to report a suspected impaired driver.

The Service’s Twitter and Facebook accounts should not be used for this purpose as they are not monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

People charged with an offence are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Two Halton police officers injured during a shootout at an Esso station at Appleby and Harvester Road.

Crime 100By Staff

September 22, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

At approximately 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018, the Halton Regional Police Service responded to an incident at a gas station located at 875 Appleby Line in Burlington.

Two Halton Police officers were injured during this incident and have been transported to hospital where they are receiving treatment for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

There is no ongoing related risk to public safety.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is on scene and has invoked its mandate.

Police and SIU at crime scene

Police mobile command vehicle and Special Investigations Unit vehicle at the site of a shoot out early Saturday morning.

A Burlington resident who reports frequently for the Gazette reports that after a minor accident on the QEW the driver of a vehicle  entered the Esso station at Appleby and  Harvester and locked himself in the washroom.

The Esso attendant called police. Police arrived – police noticed the damaged car. Gun fire followed the suspect was killed.

Body was removed later on.

 

 

 

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Dundas collision results in the death of a St. Catharines resident - police still investigating.

News 100 redBy Staff

September 21st, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

That collision on Dundas near Brant yesterday resulted in a fatality

Two vehicles collided on Dundas Street west of Guelph Line in the City of Burlington. The preliminary investigation has determined that a Toyota Camry was westbound on Dundas Street and a Cadillac ATS was eastbound, when the two vehicles collided in a head-on collision.

The eighty-five year old driver of the Toyota was a St. Catharines resident. He was brought to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the Cadillac was a sixty-three year old Hamilton man who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause and circumstances of the collision are still under investigation. At the request of the decedent’s family, his name will not be released. Any witnesses or anyone who was in the area at the time with dashboard camera footage are asked to contact Detective Constable Greg Cormier at 905-825-4747 ext. 5065.

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New police HQ open to the public Monday.

News 100 blueBy Staff

September 21st, 2018

Police HQ flgs flying

New police HQ commissioning ceremony

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) new headquarters will be open to the public on Monday, September 24, 2018.

The new facility, located at 2485 North Service Road West in Oakville, was officially commissioned on September 13, 2018

The building is on the same site as the HAlton Region Administration offices.

The building includes: “State-of-the-art forensic labs, dedicated and centralized training facilities, a 50-metre 10-lane tactical firing range to accommodate the changing dynamics that are needed for firearms training, and special bays for the examination of vehicles involved in fatal collisions.

 

New headquarters from QEW

View of the south side of the new police HQ

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Police are still still charging drivers with over 80 mgs

Crime 100By Staff

September 18th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Are we ever going to learn?

The Regional Police have an ongoing program of focuisg on apprehenading people who drive while they are impaired.

Right now most of the charges are related to alcohol.

With cannabis about to become legal the job the police face is much bigger.

A report on those driving with over 80 mgs is set out below.

Will there ever be a day when no one is apprehended?

police in cruiser

Writing up an offense report and issuing a ticket.

Impaired Driving Offences Within Halton Region

On September 14, 2018 just before 11:00 pm, Halton Police officers initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Trafalgar Road and Marlborough Court in Oakville. As a result of an investigation, Sundip Patel (36), of Oakville was charged with driving while ability impaired and driving over 80 mgs.

On September 15, 2018 just before 10:00 pm, Halton Police officers responded to a collision in the area of Bridge Road and Third Line in Oakville. As a result of an investigation, Laura Lategan (27), of Oakville was charged with driving while ability impaired and driving over 80 mgs.

On September 15, 2018 shortly after 10:00 pm, Halton Police officers responded to a citizen initiated complaint in the area of Guelph Line and Prospect Street in Burlington. As a result of an investigation, Jamie Sutherland (45), of Burlington was charged with driving while ability impaired and driving over 80 mgs.
On September 17, 2018 shortly after 8:00 pm, Halton Police officers initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Steeles Avenue and Eighth Line North in Halton Hills. As a result of an investigation, Gary Boulton (63), of Lakeside was charged with driving over 80 mgs.

The Halton Regional Police Service remains committed to road safety through prevention, education and enforcement initiatives.

Members of the public are reminded that driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is a crime in progress and to call 9-1-1 immediately to report a suspected impaired driver.

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New police HQ located on Bronte Road

News 100 blueBy Staff

September 16th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A reader asked – just where is the new Regional police headquarters?

It is on Bronte Road, north of the QEW.

Police HQ - entranceOn the same property as the Region of Halton administrative offices.

The Regional building had the police at one end and the region at the other.

The space the police vacated will be taken over by the Region. They will close office space they have rented elsewhere in the Region (on Dorval Drive) and move that staff into the space the police were in.

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New police HQ gets commissioned - will be open to the public September 24th.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

September 15th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Police HQ flgs flying

With the flags in place and the ribbon cut – the building is in the hands of the police. Public will be able to get services on September 24th.

It is a very impressive building. One that reflects the changes that have taken place in the way policing is done in the 21st Century.

Almost every Halton Regional Police service were let out of the office to take part in the flag raising and official commissioning of the building.

Regional Chair Gary Carr explained that the project took ten years to be made final and then two years to build.

The 911 communications unit was in place and fully operational.

The weapons firing range is complete – some minor bits and pieces to be added.  The size of the shooting range is impressive; it has a door that allows a full size SUV to be brought in for training purposes.

At this point training is located in several sites throughout the Region.  The new HQ brings everyone into the same building.

Other units are being moved over one at a time.

Shooting range

Shooting range can handle pistols, shot-guns and carbines.

The building will be open to the public on September 24th.

Security is tight – really tight. A little too tight for this reporter’s comfort level.

It is a functional building – nothing fancy. It is a place where people work. The Chief’s office is standard civil service issue.

DNA roomFinger print roomThe changes in policing are reflected in the signage. DNA testing was not one of the identity tools that police has ten years ago.

At these “official” events the politicians do most of the speaking – with an election in the offing the speeches get a little long. Every dignitary got a shout out.

The Chiefs

W.I.J. Harding, Gary Crowell, Chief Tanner, Ean Algar and Peter Campbell

There were four former police chiefs in the audience; W.I.J. Harding, Gary Crowell, Ean Algar and Peter Campbell

Stair well

There are elevators. The building is spacious but there is nothing extravagant about the design and the finishes.

Chair Gary Carr gave an excellent rationale for the new building. He made the link between first class police service, the fact that Halton has been in the top rankings as a safe community for close to a decade and the rate at which economic development takes place.

“Corporations want to locate in communities that are safe for their employees; they want to be in communities that have excellent access to large urban centres and close to major transportation routes” said Carr.

911 room

The 911 Communications room was operational The staff handle all kinds of information and have what they need at the tip of their fingers. This operator works with seven monitors.

The new police headquarters looks over the QEW.  It isn’t a pretty building, the architect isn’t going to get any awards for this one.  It is functional and will do the job.

Command structure - cake cutting

It wasn’t all official stuff. The Police force command, two deputies and a Chief took part in the cutting of a cake. Leading the Service are Chief Stephen Tanner, Deputy Chief of Regional Operations Roger Wilkie on the left and Deputy Chief of District Operations Nishan Duraiappah.

New HQ

It isn’t a pretty building- but it will do the job for the taxpayers who paid for it.

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Burlington purse thief arrested for crimes in Burlington and Oakville

Crime 100By Staff

September 13th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service has received approximately 88 reports of purse thefts since the beginning of November 2017. In these occurrences the suspects targeted OLDER female adults whose purses and/or wallets were stolen from their shopping carts while they were distracted in some fashion: bumping their carts, asking for assistance in the store or parking lot, or returning “found” money.

On September 12th 2018 Agnieszka Jeglenic (46 years) of Poland, residing in Mississauga, was arrested by members of 30 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau for two thefts in Burlington on August 9th at No Frills and Food Basics.

She had previously been arrested for theft in Oakville which occurred on April 4th 2018 at Longo’s.
Agnieszka Jeglenic faces the following charges and was held for bail:

•Theft under $5000 (Three Counts), Fraud Under $5000 and Unauthorized use of a stolen credit card.

Halton Regional Police are reminding residents to be aware of their surroundings and stay alert for distraction type thefts when shopping in the grocery stores, malls and other retail business.

Prevention Tip: Residents are reminded to only carry the necessary identification such as Driver’s Licence or Health Card, and should try to minimize this potential loss by leaving their SIN card, birth certificate and passports securely at home.

If you become a victim of a purse or wallet theft please contact your financial services providers first, cancel you cards, and then call the Halton Regional Police to file a report.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents or other purse thefts is asked to contact Detective Constable Derek Gray of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Vulnerable Persons and Seniors Liaison Team at 905-825-4747 ext. 2344.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Witnesses Sought for Vicious Assault in Burlington

Crime 100By Staff

August 31st, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Police are seeking witnesses who observed a vicious assault that started at the side of the Island Bar located at 4170 South Service Road in Burlington.

On August 11th 2018, shortly after 2:30 AM, a 19-year old victim was at the side of the premise and began speaking to unknown person(s) in a dark colour pickup truck that had parked in a neighbouring parking lot to the east.

HRPS crestAs the victim was standing near this pick-up truck, four white males and two white females approached from the direction of the Island Bar. One of the males pushed the victim to the ground and the other males joined in on the assault.

The victim retreated to the neighbouring parking lot where the assailants continued to assault the victim by pushing him around and repeatedly punching him in the head. The assault lasted for approximately 5 minutes before the assailants left the area in the dark pickup truck.

The victim was taken to the hospital where he was treated for a broken jaw that required surgery.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed this assault or provided assistance to the victim to contact Detective Constable Erin Toth of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2313.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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Resident got phoney phone call from people pretending to be police demanding funds.

Crime 100By Staff

August 29th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has been made aware of a fraudulent telephone call being made to a resident which appear to be coming from the Service’s non-emergency telephone number (905-825-4777).

HRPS crestThis is known as spoofing, a caller on Canadian telephone systems can easily make a call appear from any number. Fraudsters will do this in order to hide the true origin of the call.

At this time, we are aware of only one incident in the last week of the Service’s non-emergency telephone number being used for fraudulent representation. The caller purported to be “police” to the person receiving the call and advised that a relative had been arrested. The caller stated that funds were required to be paid so that the relative could be released from custody. The person receiving the call was then requested to deposit funds into a Bitcoin ATM.

Please note that there are NO circumstances in which you will be legitimately contacted by the Halton Regional Police Service with an originating number displaying on your caller i.d. as 905-825-4777.
Outgoing calls from HRPS landline telephones will never be displayed as 905-825-4777.

This spoofing activity does not represent a data breach, nor does it represent a records information breach. Any and all personal information on file with our Service is secure, and the protection of this information remains our highest priority.

No police service in Canada will ever request an individual to deposit funds using Bitcoin or any money transfer service to secure the release of anyone.

If You Receive a Call Identifying as 905-825-4777:

Do not provide information to anyone contacting you from caller i.d. 905-825-4777.

Take steps to verify anything you have been told by the caller, including finding relevant phone numbers yourself to make call backs on.

Be aware that there are a number of popular scams that are currently utilizing caller id scamming.

Please do your part in sharing this message with your friends and family and help us to create more awareness of this type of fraud.

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Male passenger falls out of vehicle at 12:21 am - driver unharmed. How is this one going to be explained. Police did not release any names.

News 100 redBy Staff

August 28th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On Tuesday August 28th, 2018 the Halton Regional Police Service responded to a report of a serious injury collision, involving a single motor vehicle near the intersection of North Shore Boulevard and Eagle Drive in the City of Burlington.

HRPS crestAt approximately 12:21am, a 31 year old male resident of Tory Hill fell from a moving 2015 Nissan Rogue while it was traveling westbound on North Shore Boulevard. The 28 year old male resident of Hamilton who was driving was uninjured in the incident. Early medically assessments deemed the male to possibly be suffering from serious injuries at which point he was transported to Hamilton General Hospital.

Due to the nature of the injuries, the Halton Regional Police Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to assist in the investigation. The male is currently listed in serious but stable condition. The scene was held for approximately 4 hours for the at-scene collision investigation.

Witnesses to the collision are asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 905 825-4747 extension 5065 or tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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Area police put 20 officers on city roads to catch the 'crazies' behind the wheel.

Crime 100By Staff

August 28th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It must have looked like a posse – police officers on the hunt for the bad guys. The managed to round up quite a few “cowboys” who won’t be on the roads for a few days at least.

On Friday August 24th, Halton Police were joined by a total of twenty officers made up from Peel Police, York Police, Toronto Police, the OPP and the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. The officers were divided equally amongst the three Halton police districts to patrol in partnership with Halton officers to combat street racing and aggressive driving.

Halton police - good angleThis was the fourth such collaborative effort to take place in the GTA this year by officers who work on Project E.R.A.S.E. (which aims to Eradicate Racing Activity on Streets Everywhere). Previously, Halton Officers have supported York, Peel and the OPP by assisting them in similar projects in their jurisdictions.
Officers were supported by staff from the respective District Response Units whose job it is to target aggressive driving within the City of Burlington, Town of Oakville, Town of Milton and the Town of Halton Hills.

Throughout the evening’s patrol in excess of 160 driving charges were laid, which included:

• 2 vehicles seized for stunt driving
• 2 drivers suspended for 7 days
• 1 driver arrested and charged for impaired operation
• 82 Speeding charges
• 8 distraction charges (holding/using a cell phone)
• 53 equipment charges
• 1 seatbelt charge
• 17 warnings issued

As with impaired drivers, it is important that our communities feel confident to call the police and report illegal racing and dangerous operation of motor vehicles when they observe it. Each year a number of tragic incidents occur in the GTA where people lose their lives while engaging in illegal racing activities on public streets. Our message will remain, “If you want to race, take it to the track.”

The Halton Regional Police Service remains committed to road safety through prevention, education and enforcement initiatives.

Members of the public are reminded that driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is a crime in progress and to call 9-1-1 immediately to report a suspected impaired driver.

The Service’s Twitter and Facebook accounts should not be used for this purpose as they are not monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Police asking for help to locate a missing 15 year old girl.

News 100 redBy Staff

August 25th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

She is 15 and her family doesn’t know where she is.

The Halton Regional Police Service are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 15 year old female missing from the Burlington area. She was last seen on the 1st of August, 2018.

Gitti Wayezi HRPS

Gitti Wayezi – 15 years old and missing.

The missing female is Gitti Wayezi who is a resident of the City of Burlington. Gitti is described as female, tanned skin, 5’3, approximately 120lbs, slim build, black straight hair, brown eyes but wears blue contact lenses. She has a nose ring in both her right and left nostril as well as a piercing on her lower left lip area.

Gitti Wayezi has been known to travel throughout the Greater Toronto Area and could possibly be in the Toronto area at this time. The Halton Regional Police Service is asking the assistance of the public in locating this teen in order to check on and ensure her well-being.

Anyone with information about this missing person is asked to contact the Halton Regional Police Service Communications Bureau at 905-825-4747 or the On Duty 30 Division Staff Sergeant at 905-825-4747 ext. 2310. The Criminal Investigation Bureau contact is Detective Constable Blair Bolton at 905-825-4747 ext. 2323.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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17 year old male and an 18 year old female arrested for trafficking offences involving a child under the age of 18.

Crime 100By Staff

August 22nd, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police Service – Human Trafficking Unit have arrested a male and a female for human trafficking offences involving a child under the age of 18.

On August 21st 2018, members of the Halton Regional Police Human Trafficking Unit initiated a proactive investigation.

As a result of this investigation, police located a child at a hotel in the City of Burlington and have arrested a 17 year old male and an 18 year old female for prostitution related charges.

The 17 year old male from Ajax has been charged with receiving material benefit from sexual services provided by a person under 18 years of age and obstruct peace officer.

The 18 year old female from Ajax has been charged with adult householder permitting prohibited sexual activity and receiving material benefit from sexual services provided by a person under 18 years of age.

Tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something?” Contact “Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca

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Armed Man Robs Domino's Pizza in Burlington

Crime 100By Staff

August 16th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Police in Burlington are investigating an early morning armed robbery at Domino’s Pizza located at 495 Walkers Line.

Dominos on Walkers Line

Suspect left the pizza shop on foot after taking the cash – he appears to have known when the cash count was going to take place.

On August 16th 2018 shortly after midnight, a lone male suspect entered the business armed with a handgun and confronted two employees, one of which was in the process of counting money.

The suspect demanded cash and then removed an undisclosed amount from the till tray that was being counted before fleeing the business on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male, 25-30 years old, 5’7″ to 5’9″ tall wearing a blue and white bandana covering his face with a red baseball cap, maroon hoody, light colour jeans andblack running shoes. He was armed with a black revolver handgun. (See included photo)

Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to contact Detective Steve Siomra Burlington Criminal Investigation Bureau – Robbery Team 905-825-4747 ext. 2343

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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An interesting approach: use a strong brand name with a deal that makes sense. This is a gift horse whose mouth needs a closer look.

Crime 100By Staff

August 14th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

And what’s wrong with this “deal”?

The spelling – but it’s such an enticing offer and Air Canada is such a strong brand name.

No problems with this one – right?

Air Canada scam

Check the spelling – a national organization would never make that kind of misttake.

When you click on that promotion code you real problems will have just begin.

If it is a gift horse – look it in the mouth.

The thieves promoting this scam will do very well.

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The Identity thieves have not taken a vacation this summer.

Crime 100By Staff

August 14th, 2108

BURLINGTON, ON

 

They are at it again.

The email was said to come from our bank – advising us that we needed to do something with the password set up we have.

It didn’t come from our bank – but it looked like it could have.

The message said:

You will only able to use your existing security device passcode until 15 August 2018. Effective 16 August 2018, you will be required to log on to your BMO Direct Line for Business with the new synchronized master key.

To avoid any disruption to your BMO Direct Line for Business service, we encourage you to synchronize your security device immediately.

Your online security is our priority, for more detailed information please see the attached PDF document enclosed.

Your new Security Device document is pin-protected and will provide you with an additional level of protection.

Open your document with this PIN Password: 266260

All BMO Direct Line for Business users who do not upgrade there Security Devices in due time will be deactivated and unable to authorize transactions.

The document the sender wanted us to look at was a PDF file.  Inside that file was a collection of problems no one who banks on-line wants to go near.  If you see something like this – be very cautious.

Pdf from BMO

 

 

The rule that matter is:  If in doubt – don’t

 

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Door to door canvasser arrested in Burlington

Crime 100By Staff

August 14th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON
HRPS crest

 

Halton Police have arrested a male after receiving a complaint of a suspicious person canvassing door to door for money while falsely representing himself as a member of a local place of worship in the Headon Forest area.

After an extensive search and the assistance of local residents, Mohammed ISMAIL (25 yrs of age from Hamilton) was arrested and charged with the following offences;

Fraud Under $5000,

False Pretenses Under $5000 and

Trespassing at Night.

Mr. ISMAIL is believed to have obtained funds from numerous citizens in the Headon Forest area.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is encouraged to contact the Halton Regional Police Service Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 extension 2316.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 or through the internet at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca

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Police station's hour of operation limited, downtown substation closed and the new headquarters has yet to open: troubles?

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

August 13th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

We got a call from a reader asking why the Burlington Police detachment wasn’t open full time.

We were advised this morning that the Halton District Police Service put in a policy that became effective September 1st, 2017 to limit the hours of operation in Milton and Burlington to the following:

HRPS crest3 District Burlington (30 Division)
3800 Constable Henshaw Blvd. Burlington, ON
Operating hours 8:00am -10:00pm

1 District Milton (12 Division)
490 Childs Drive Milton, ON
Operating hours 8:00am -10:00pm

1 District Georgetown (11 Division)
217 Guelph Street Georgetown, ON
Operating hours 8:00am -7:00pm

20 Division in Oakville will remain open to the public 24 hours a day.

The Community Rooms will not be available to the public once the station has closed for the evening.

A public intercom will be located at the front door of the respective stations. This intercom will provide immediate contact with our police communications. This feature will be available during off- hours.
hours of operation will be in place seven days a week:

The police sub-station on Brant Street was closed on April 30th, 2017.  The public was made aware of the change a few days before the bureau closed.  The police reported that in 2016, only six reports were generated from visitors; the vast majority stopped to ask for directions or to turn in found property.

Police with bikeThe decrease in attendance, police said, “can be largely attributed to advances in technology which have changed the way members of the public interact with the Service. Key among these is social media like Twitter and Facebook which enable users to obtain information and advice on a range of police-related matters.”

“In Halton, other advances include the introduction of online crime reporting, mobile apps Text to 9-1-1. All – in addition to traditional 9-1-1 for emergencies and crimes in progress or 905-825-4777 for non-emergencies – make it possible for people to receive 24 hour a day, seven day a week police support without having to attend a police station.”

The idea of a police officer on a beat is a thing of the past.

Halton Police Services Board

The Police Services Board oversees the service and approves the budget. There are representatives from each municipality as well as a provincial appointee.

Police services are not cheap. The “gross” budget number are:

2018 = $150,070,809
2017 = $144,940,030
2016 = $139,714,700

There is a brand new police headquarters for the Region sitting on a rise overlooking the QEW that is yards away from the current police operations building that is now more than a year late in opening.

New headquarters from QEW

A little late in opening – communications has to be fully operational before the rest of the force moves in.

The $65-million, 235,000 square foot facility was approved in January 2015.

The new structure, located on the same regional property at 1151 Bronte Rd., broke ground in October of that year. It was to be completed in late August or early September of 2017

The new headquarters is considerably larger than the existing 86,000-square-foot headquarters facility.

No comment from the police when the Gazette asks: why the delay?”

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