Neighbourhood Watch - Bulletin February 2013
New Community Police Officer (CPCO)
Some of you may have already had the opportunity to meet our new CPCO, Constable Admir Minarolli at the Winter Follies event held 9 February. He will be our CPCO for the next 4 years. Constable Minarolli has been with the OPS for approximately 8 years and is familiar with our community as he was assigned to patrol in our ward for the first 4 years of his career. For the next 3 years, he worked in the west end in a plain-clothes capacity, with the majority of that time being dedicated to pro-active policing in problem areas, dealing mostly with drug complaints. Last summer, Constable Minarolli was seconded to DART, Ottawa Police's Direct Action Response Team, which is a provincially funded unit that monitors street gang activity and provides a highly visible uniform police enforcement presence in the community.
Update on Crime
There has been an increase in the number of Crime Alerts issued by the Ottawa Police through their Community Police Centers in areas surrounding our neighbourhood. The Crime Alerts are primarily notifying Neighbourhood Watch about an increase in property crime in neighbouring communities, the most significant of which is theft from vehicles. These thefts are occurring in shopping malls we all frequent like Carlingwood, Lincoln Fields and Bayshore as well as in many of the retail strip malls where we do our banking or pick up and drop off our drycleaning. We just want you to be aware of this and to remind you to mitigate the likelihood of becoming a victim by taking the following preventative measures while you are out and about running your errands:
- Don't leave personal identification, vehicle registration or insurance certificates or credit cards in your vehicle
- Inscribe your vehicle registration number on the stereo system, wheel rims, tools, etc.
- Remove parcels from view
- Never leave your keys in an unattended vehicle, even when running a quick errand
- Always lock the doors and roll up the windows tightly
- Don't hide spare keys - they can be found
- Never put your name and address on your keys - this can lead the thief to your home and allow easy access. Keep your house and car keys separate
- Consider installing anti-theft devices
There have been no crime reports filed with the Ottawa Police from within Lincoln Heights-Parkway Community in recent months; however, some members of our community have been victims of property crime at some of these shopping areas.
Crime Alerts are also advising of a surge in residential break and enters in communities adjacent to ours. The incidents are occurring during the daytime, evening and overnight.
What you can do - Safety Tips:
- Have adequate external lighting - house numbers should be easily visible to neighbors/emergency response units.
- Improve home security with deadbolt locks, window bars, alarm systems
- Do not leave notes on your door indicating your absence.
- Be sure to keep your garage and shed locked.
- Secure patio doors by inserting by inserting wooden stick in floor channel.
- Do not leave hidden keys outside as they can be found.
- Trim trees and shrubs that could easily hide intruders.
- Inform trusted neighbors or relatives of your vacation plans.
- Leave your house with a lived-in look - use automatic timers to turn on lights and radios.
- Have someone park in your driveway when away, pick up mail, newspapers and flyers.
- Have your snow removed while you are away.
- Do not leave valuables (keys, purses, phones or laptops) visible inside the homes near windows.
- Get involved in a Neighborhood Watch program in your area.
- Call police should you observe suspicious persons or vehicles.
- life threatening emergencies or crimes in progress: 9-1-1
- other emergencies (suspicious persons/vehicles): 613-230-6211
- thefts, property damage, driving complaints, missing persons or stolen property: 613-236-1222 ext 7300 or Bayshore Community Police Center Telephone: 613-236-1222, Ext 2345
Mud Lake Conservation Area
Our community association has been contacted by the Britannia Neighbourhood Watch to advise us of some significant concerns they have regarding crime and bylaw infractions affecting the Mud Lake Conservation area and the wildlife that resides within it. We are fortunate to have such a lovely area to enjoy, but we are now at risk of losing this tranquil escape to vandalism and cruelty. The following letter has been sent by the Britannia Neighbourhood Watch to Councilor Mark Taylor, MP John Baird and Mr. Jean-Francois Trépanier of the NCC.
If you are going to walk through the conservation area, please be vigilant and "buddy up" if you are walking in their after dark. Please don't go in alone. The Lincoln Heights-Parkway Neighbourhood Watch has contacted the CPCO, Cst Admir Minarolli, to request a meeting with Britannia NHW to discuss this matter further in an effort to determine what support we can lend in combating the criminal and by-law concerns expressed in the letter. We will keep you apprised of the situation through future Neighbourhood Watch Bulletins.
Contact the Neighbourhood Watch
Cori Bourgon, 2555 Regina Street, 613-219-6887