All Hands On Deck – So Far 

(Bradford/Innisfil, ON) South Simcoe Police Service is reporting early results from our All Hands On Deck safety campaign. Today marks the opening of all 24 schools in Bradford and Innisfil following a staggered resumption of classes on Tuesday and Wednesday. Every available officer is patrolling school zones this week in order to keep students safe. Our early report card gives top marks to children, parents/caregivers and school staff for the orderly manner in which school started under very different circumstances this year due to the pandemic.

However, during the past three days, officers have issued about a dozen tickets including speeding and three stunt driving. In addition to enforcement, a number of warnings were also issued as part of the education component of our back-to-school safety campaign. Drivers need to slow down, especially in school zones. Our enhanced enforcement will continue through next week. Everyone plays a role in road safety.

For those who obey the speed limit and respect the rules of the road, please keep up the good work. Let’s make this a safe and happy school year.

Fraud 

(Innisfil/Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police Service is warning the public about the risks of sharing personal information on the internet.

A Bradford resident recently reported an incident where she received an email supposedly from Microsoft asking her to verify her account or risk the account being closed. The woman provided her password. Shortly after, some of her contacts started receiving emails from her account advising she needed help and requesting cash. The woman realized the “Microsoft” email was a scam. She changed her e-mail passwords and contacted her banks. Thankfully, there was no financial loss but the case highlights the folly of sharing personal information without doing some research.

Always verify that the organization you’re dealing with is legitimate before you take any other action. Don’t be afraid to say no. Always report fraudulent activity to police and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit the website for information about scams and how to protect yourself https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm.

On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to 56 calls for service.

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