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Neighbourhood Watch - Bulletin 11-11-25

There has been a rash of break-ins in our neighbourhood within the last few days. On November 17th, a home in the 200 block of Lincoln Heights was robbed, followed by thefts from two homes in the 2500 block of Regina Avenue on Nov 21 & 24. In each case, electronics, cash and jewellery, among other things, were taken.

Below is a snapshot of the Ottawa Police Service's Crime Mapping Tool available for access by members of the public. It shows all 3 break-ins and a theft from vehicle as well as crime in the neighbouring community of Britannia.

Reported crime in our area for the period 11 November-25 November 2011Symbol Legend

Caption: Reported crime in our area for the period 11 November-25 November 2011

I have contacted the police to ask if we can have increased patrol in our neighbourhood. In the meantime, I'd like to suggest that we mobilize as a neighbourhood by doing the following:

Protect yourself…

  • Ensure your home is well lit and has good locks (sign up for a free home security inspection at your Community Police Centre).
  • Always secure all doors and windows when your home is unoccupied.
  • Join Operation Identification (contact your Community Police Centre to borrow an engraver to mark your property).
  • Get to know your neighbours.
  • If you're going away leave the following information with a trusted neighbour:

  • where and how long you're going;
  • how you can be reached, in case of emergency; and
  • If anyone will be visiting your home (e.g., gardener, repair person).
  • Ask that neighbour to pick up mail or newspapers, mow the lawn, shovel the driveway, etc. to make your house look lived-in.
  • Watch for…

  • Suspicious persons or activities (e.g., unaccredited door-to-door salespeople, someone taking a "short cut" through your neighbour's backyard).
  • Vehicles passing by many times, suspiciously parked or constantly travelling through alleyways.
  • Obvious invitations to burglars (e.g., open garage doors, unlocked cars, the accumulation of newspapers on a vacationing neighbour's doorstep).
  • If you see something suspicious…

  • Write down the description of any suspicious persons (e.g., complexion, body build, height, weight, age, type of clothing worn).
  • Get the make, model, colour and license plate number of any suspicious vehicles.
  • Notify police and other Watch Members of any suspicious persons or activity.
  • Remember, if it's a crime in progress, don't put yourself in danger - call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Make the Right Call!

    Every call is important, but not all calls are life-threatening, and not all calls are police emergencies. Whatever the case, the Ottawa Police Service is here to help. You have a role to play: "Make the Right Call."

    Reason for callPhone Number
    Life-threatening Emergency or Crime in Progress9-1-1
    Call Centre to report a crime that has already occurred613-236-1122 x7300
    Other Emergencies613-230-6211
    TTY [Insert TTY Symbol] 232-1123
    Community Police Centres and all other enquiries613-236-1222

    And let your Neighbourhood Watch folks know what you've reported!

    Block Captains:

    • Suzanne Gauthier, 185 Lincoln Heights Road, 613-768-9546
    • Mike Thompson, 139 Lincoln Heights Road, 613-829-4518
    • Breda Kelly, 120 Lincoln Heights Road, 613-721-6939
    • Ed Exley, #209-1275 Richmond Road, 613-596-0126

    • Watch Coordinator: Corinne Bourgon, 2555 Regina Street, Ottawa, 613-219-6887