59% Drop in Thefts: Thanks Oakville Police

125 Provincial Offence Notices were Issued!

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59% Drop in Thefts: Thanks Oakville Police
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Dave Cross

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Sgt. Dave Cross #1932 is the Media Relations Officer with the Halton Regional Police Service. His office is located at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, ON.

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Between September 17th and October 5th, the Oakville Strategic Support Team, in conjunction with the District Response Unit, and uniform patrol officers, undertook Project ‘Hopper’, a street level enforcement initiative aimed at reducing thefts from automobiles, and associated peripheral crimes such as drug use, and the sale of stolen property.

During the project, officers focused on conducting covert proactive enforcement, high visibility enforcement in selected areas, and enhancing community education and awareness regarding thefts from automobiles.

The following results were obtained:

– 22 arrests were made for a variety of criminal offences
– 35 criminal charges were laid
– 125 Provincial Offence Notices were issued
– Several articles of stolen property were recovered and returned to their rightful owners
– There was a 59% reduction in thefts from automobiles in Oakville (over the same time period in 2012)

Additionally, over 2,300 crime prevention pamphlets were distributed to Oakville residents, in conjunction with Halton Regional Police Service social media messaging via Facebook and Twitter in an effort to raise public awareness regarding street level crime prevention.

The Halton Regional Police Service encourages you to remain vigilant in locking your car doors at night, and to avoid leaving valuables in plain view inside of your car while it’s unattended. Thefts from automobiles are most often crimes of opportunity, and keeping your car locked and the interior clean will significantly reduce the risk of it being broken into.

Additional crime prevention tips can be found on our website under the Community Policing tab.

Contact: Detective Sergeant Kevin Maher – Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau – 905 825-4747 x2215

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