Break and Enter

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police Service officers are investigating a break and enter at a home in Bradford.

On Monday, January 14, 2019 around 12:20 a.m., police were called to a home in the 10th Sideroad and Holland Street West area of Bradford. Officers learned that the homeowner had left the residence at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The homeowner returned at 12:15 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019 to discover the home had been broken into. Numerous items were stolen.

South Simcoe Police Service is appealing to witnesses or anyone with information regarding this break and enter to call police at 905-775-3311, 705-436-2141 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS). Tips can also be submitted online anonymously at www.crimestopperssdm.com.

South Simcoe Police Service would like to offer the following tips for home security:

Secure your door

Install good quality dead bolts, locks and a wide angle “peep hole.”

If you have children, consider including a second peep-hole at a child’s height.

All hinges should be accessible from the interior of the home only.

Ensure your door is equipped with non-removable hinge pins.

Secure your windows

Sliding doors and windows can be “lifted” out of the tracks with relative ease. Install screws or a blocking device above the sliding door or window to prevent it from being lifted off the tracks.

Install a snug piece of wood in the track of sliding patio doors.

Install a pin into the frame of a sliding window to prevent it from being pushed open.

Glass within 40 inches of a door lock can be broken and a criminal can reach inside to unlock the door. The security of windows can be improved by adding a polycarbonate panel. Call a glass specialist for details.

Additional protection tips

Instead of hiding a key outside your home, give a spare key to a trusted neighbor/friend.

Install a good padlock on garages for better security.

Consider putting lights on timers so it appears you’re at home. Have lights turn on and off in different rooms, at varying times.

Keep bushes and landscaping trimmed in order to allow for natural surveillance of your home from neighbours, pedestrians and people passing by.

While you are away

Put lights on timers to give the impression someone is home.

Tell a trusted neighbour your vacation plans and provide emergency contact numbers.

Do not post comments on social media sites telling people you’re out of town.

Do not post pictures while you are away. Wait until you get home.

Ask a neighbour to park in your driveway.

Keep small valuables in a safe deposit box.

Have someone mow your lawn/shovel your driveway.

Record your valuables. Identify your property by engraving an identifying mark, such as a unique number, on to it. Proper identification may deter thieves and makes it easier for the police to return property if recovered. Keep your insurance policies current.

Assault/Forcible Confinement 

(Innisfil, ON) A 35-year-old Innisfil man is charged with Assault and Forcible Confinement after a verbal dispute with his common-law girlfriend turned physical.

On Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 11:00 p.m., police received a 911 call regarding an assault. Officers responded to a home in Innisfil where they learned that a 27-year-old woman had been assaulted and prevented from leaving the abode. As a result, a 35-year-old Innisfil man was arrested and charged with Assault and Forcible Confinement. He was released with a February court date.

Any type of domestic violence is not okay. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you are a victim. We will respond and take measures to ensure your safety.

3 Day Suspension 

(Innisfil, ON) A 46-year-old Washago man was handed a 3 day licence suspension after a roadside breath test resulted in a caution.

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 9:45 p.m., a South Simcoe Police Service officer observed a vehicle with no lights on travelling westbound on Innisfil Beach Road in Innisfil. The officer conducted a vehicle stop and detected an odour of acohol. Following a roadside breath test, the driver was served a 3 day licence suspension. The man’s licence was seized and the vehicle towed from the scene.

Our officers are committed to keeping our communities safe from impaired drivers year round. Random RIDE programs and ongoing traffic enforcement are aimed at ensuring those who drink and drive or drive high are removed from our streets and highways.

Internet Fraud 

(Bradford/Innisfil, ON) We continue to receive reports of a variety of frauds involving the internet. The latest report involves a victim who unfortunately called a scam phone number thinking it was an online payment service. The scammer stated the victim needed to go to a local store and purchase gift cards to ‘fix’ the victim’s account. The victim complied and purchased more than $1,000 worth of cards. South Simcoe Police Service would like to remind our residents that no legitimate company requires gift cards as payment. If a company or service is asking for gift cards, hang up. It’s a scam. Also ensure you have the valid phone number for companies when calling to address your accounts.

From Friday, January 11, 2019 to Monday, January 14, 2019, South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to 248 calls for service.

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