Break and Enter
(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police Service officers are seeking the public’s help following a break-in and theft of thousands of dollars worth of tools.
On Thursday, November 1, 2018, around 9:30 a.m., police were dispatched to an address on County Rd. 27 in Bradford West Gwillimbury regarding a break and enter. The victim told police that someone had entered a workshop and stole a number of tools. Officers determined the theft appears to have occurred between 11:00 p.m. October 31, 2018 and 8:00 a.m. November 1, 2018.
Anyone with information is asked to contact us at 905-775-3311, 705-436-2141 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS). Tips can also be submitted online at www.crimestopperssdm.com.
Arrest in Theft from Vehicle
(Bradford, ON) A 32-year-old Mississauga man is facing charges after a theft from a vehicle in Bradford.
On Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 7:50 p.m., a citizen called police to report a man was entering vehicles in the parking lot of Lion’s Park in the Colborne St. and Britannia Ave. area in Bradford West Gwillimbury. When an officer arrived on scene, the man was located walking nearby and was being followed by three other citizens. Based on information at the scene, the officer placed the man under arrest for 2 counts of Theft Under $5,000 and two counts of Possession of Stolen Property. The victims of the vehicle break-in arrived on scene and told police they had been trick-or-treating in the area.
In addition to these incidents, a man attended North Division on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 to report he had four unlocked vehicles parked overnight in his driveway which were entered and loose change taken from each.
Crime Prevention Week starts on Sunday and this year’s theme is ‘Help Us Help You.’ In light of all of these reported thefts, South Simcoe Police Service would like to remind our residents of the following tips to help prevent thieves from breaking into your home or vehicle. The more difficult you make it for thieves to break into your home, the more likely it is that they will move along.
· Always lock your doors and windows as well as your vehicle doors and garage doors. Secure all basement and ground-level windows and patio doors
· Do not leave keys or garage door openers inside of your vehicle when it is parked in the driveway
· Do not announce your travel plans or absence from home on social media or your phone’s voicemail
· Do not discuss the contents of your home with others or leave boxes/packaging for expensive items on display in recycling bins
· Ensure your exterior lights are functioning
· Trim all shrubs and trees so that doors and windows are in clear view
· If going away on vacation or an extended absence, ask a trusted neighbor to watch your house and make your home looks lived-in by:
o Using timer-controlled lights
o Having mail and/or paper delivery temporarily stopped or delivered elsewhere
o Having trusted people periodically attend for lawn cutting and garbage can placement, etc.
o Arranging for neighbours to park in your driveway
· Install dead-bolt locks on all exterior doors and self-tapping screws in the upper track of patio doors and windows
· Consider installing a home security system with an audible alarm and video surveillance and ensure that everybody in the house knows how it works
· Consider storing valuables in a safety deposit box
· When someone rings your doorbell or knocks on your door, make them aware that someone is home, even if you don’t feel comfortable answering the door. For example, call out to the person that you can’t answer the door right now
Be aware of suspicious people or vehicles in your neighbourhood and call police immediately if you’re concerned.