Award Sgt Harvie

Sgt. Harvie Awarded Certificate of Commendation by Governor General of Canada

The Brockville Police Service is proud to report that Sgt. Andrew Harvie has been awarded a certificate of commendation by the Governor General of Canada.

“On behalf of his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, I am pleased to inform you that a certificate of commendation has been awarded to Sgt. Andrew Harvie in recognition of your actions following an incident in Brockville, on October 15th, 2015.”

Sgt. Harvie without hesitation entered the frigid water of the St Lawrence River moments after a vehicle had submerged at the Home Street Boat ramp.  Sgt. Harvie after repeated attempts to open doors and break the side windows of the submerged vehicle successfully broke the rear window and rescued the lone female occupant from the vehicle.

“We could not be more proud of Sgt. Harvie for his actions on October 15th, 2015 and in his receipt of this award.  Sgt. Harvie is a leader in our organization and we are grateful for his dedication to service in our community.  We would also like to thank St. John Ambulance for their nomination of Sgt. Harvie and their continued work in our community.” – Chief Scott Fraser

 

Pictured above: (l to r) Doug Labron, Sgt. Andrew Harvie, Chief Scott Fraser

Fraud Tip – Phishing Scam

Phishing Scam

The word phishing comes from the analogy that Internet scammers are using email lures to ‘fish’ for passwords and financial data from the sea of Internet users.

Phishing, also called “brand spoofing”; is the creation of email messages and Web pages that are replicas of existing, legitimate sites and businesses. These Web sites and emails are used to trick users into submitting personal, financial, or password data. These emails often ask for information such as credit card numbers, bank account information, social insurance numbers, and passwords that will be used to commit fraud.

The goal of criminals using brand spoofing is to lead consumers to believe that a request for information is coming from a legitimate company. In reality it is a malicious attempt to collect customer information for the purpose of committing fraud.

Often these ‘phishing’ emails will contain spelling errors or ask you to respond to a web browser account with a hotmail, gmail, or yahoo email account which are sure signs the email is fraudulent.

Do not respond to any emails requesting personal or financial information and never give out your password online. If you have any questions about the email you have received please contact your local financial institution and ask questions about it before responding.

March is Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud prevention month and the Brockville Police would like to advise the public of reports we have received this month of fraudulent schemes which have been reported:

Canada Revenue Agency scam is back.

Brockville Police are again receiving reports from local residents reporting they are receiving phone calls from callers pretending to be from the Canada Revenue Agency and claiming an audit has identified discrepancies from past years filed taxes and repayment is required immediately. The fraudster will threaten consumers that failure to pay will result in additional fees or worse the police will issue a warrant and arrest you. Fraudsters will request payment by a money service business or by pre-paid cards or gift cards.

Just a reminder to residents:

1)  Canada Revenue Agency uses registered mail to contact consumers
2)  Contact Canada Revenue first to confirm you owe back taxes.
3)  Never provide personal information over the phone. Ask who is calling and document the conversation
4)  Canada Revenue never requests payment by gift cards

 

Romance Scams

In general romance scams involve the victim and the fraudster meeting over a social media or dating site. The fraudster will gain the trust of the victim through various displays of affection. While the fraudster is usually located in a faraway country either working or serving in the military eventually they want to meet the victim in person. It is at this time, the fraudster will seek financial assistance of the victim either for travel costs or to get out of the country they are in. Other variations include; a medical emergency, car accident or family emergency in which they need financial assistance.

Some incidents have also occurred at the local level where the victims actually out on a date and meet the fraudster who gives a false name and the victim later finds money or jewelry stolen from their home in addition to being tricked out of their money.

Often these occurrences go unreported because the victim’s do not wish to come forward because they were tricked. The Brockville Police are currently investigating two such fraudulent scams from February and in one of these incidents, the victim lost almost $26 000.

Warning signs include:

1) Talking about a friend or loved in another country that is coming to visit and needs help
2) Mentions of Western Union or Money Gram
3)  Frequenting the bank more often and making unusual transactions
4) Large wire transfer to foreign countries

 

Winter Safety

Children will be out of school soon for Christmas break.  Ice thickness is not where it needs to be for walking and other activities.  The recent snow can provide a false sense of security.

Please stay off the ice, recent and forecasted temperatures are not going to improve conditions.  If you observe others on these surfaces, please call police. 

Winter Driving

On the 24th of November, Police received and attended to several reports of motor vehicle collisions. Police are reminding drivers to slow down and leave extra space between vehicles especially when weather and road conditions worsen during the winter months. Drive safe!

 

Ontario Crime Prevention Week

This year, the week of November 6 to 12, 2016, has been designated Crime Prevention Week in Ontario.

This year’s provincial theme is “Planning Together for Safer Communities”. It promotes a collective responsibility for community safety and well-being planning and emphasizes the importance of a collaborative process that engages a variety of sectors at the local level.

Our campaign theme this year focuses on financial crimes and fraud. Our goal is to raise awareness on the various ways you can be victimized and provide tips on how to prevent yourself and loved ones.  Our campaign theme is “Know Who You’re Dealing With….”

During the week we will be presenting Elder Abuse information to medical professionals to assist them in identifying the signs of elder abuse.

On Tuesday we will be at the 1000 Islands Mall from 1:00-3:00pm with an information booth to educate the public on current scams.

On Wednesday our volunteers will be handing out information pamphlets to businesses to raise awareness of scams targeted to businesses.

 

Halloween

Halloween Safety

The Brockville Police would like to wish everyone a very fun and safe Halloween!

In doing so the service would also like to remind residents of a few safety tips for both trick-or-treaters and drivers:

Halloween Safety:

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags or bring a flashlight to help drivers see you
  • Always WALK and don’t run from house to house
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers
  • Carry emergency contact information

Driver’s Tips:

  • DON’T drink and drive
  • Slow Down
  • Drive with extra caution, children may be excited and distracted and have reduced visibility from costumes

Happy Halloween !!

Liberty for Youth

Liberty for Youth Award

Chief Fraser had the honour of receiving the Liberty for Youth Award on behalf of Constable Mark Heffernan on October 19th 2016.  Frederick Dryden and his team attended the Brockville Police Service in order to present the award.  Frederick is on a 21 day Marathon running from Ottawa to Hamilton in order to raise awareness and funds for Liberty for Youth programs.  Please take a moment and watch his video at https://runwithfrederick.com/ 

Constable Heffernan was not available for the presentation, however, when contacted by telephone was ecstatic to hear he had been recognized.  “Engaging with our youth is important in every community and we are fortunate to have avenues such as the Hub , Connections and many other programs to bridge the gap.  We share the same vision with Liberty for Youth and challenge you to donate or support a youth engagement initiative.”

We wish Frederick and his team all the best as they continue their journey to Hamilton.  Be safe!

 

Kijiji Scams

The Brockville Police Service are receiving increased reports involving online rental scams and frauds. The typical scam involves a Kijiji advertisement claiming to have a property for rent. The victim makes contact and then is asked to forward a portion of the rent via E-Transfer, or Money Wire Transfer. The victim will eventually determine that the property is not for rent and is often unable to recover the funds sent. Brockville Police are asking the public to consider the following in an effort to prevent becoming a victim of these scams.

Advice for Renters:

– Avoid ads that are “too good to be true.” Ads for apartments or houses with rents significantly below market value are almost always lures used by scam artists. Check other listings in the general area and see what the going rates for rentals are before responding.

– Always see the rental in person before sending any money or providing personal information such as your social insurance number, or driver’s licence number, even if it’s just to fill out an application. It is NOT recommended to do business with an overseas landlord unless you have personally verified their identity and that they actually own the rental advertised.

– Dealing locally is best. The safest way to deal is in person and face to face. Be suspicious of the prospective landlord only wants to communicate using electronic means, is currently out of the country or residing overseas or far from where the apartment is located. Be extremely suspicious of a perspective landlord who refuses to talk on the phone or claims they cannot talk on the phone.

– Exercise extreme caution before wiring deposits or rent payments, especially to foreign countries. Money transferred overseas is very difficult to recover from fraudulent schemes and will likely result in a losing all of it. Electronic money transfers and specifically wire transfer services are very popular for Internet scams because the funds are available instantly, untraceably and worldwide.

– Scan any attachments from landlords with anti-virus software before opening. One of the latest scams involves a “landlord” e-mailing an unsuspecting renter additional photos of the apartment for lease. However, one or more of the e-mail attachments contains a virus that can fool your Web browser to make it appear as though you’re going to a legitimate site but in fact are being sent to a site controlled by the scammer. The best way to protect yourself is by using commercial anti-virus software, keeping it up to date and by scanning all e-mail attachments before opening or double-clicking them.

For more information on Fraudulent Rental Scams:

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/

Internet Fraud Complaint Center: http://www.ic3.gov

CRC Team

On-Line Criminal Record Checks

Chief of Brockville Police, Scott Fraser announced today the Brockville Police has adopted a new electronic process for assisting in the completion of criminal record checks. This addition to the current process means our citizens will now have the option of completing the whole application process on-line from within the comforts of their own home. They will not have to visit police headquarters to start the process and may never have to attend the police station at all – unless the application requires something further, like fingerprints.

An applicant will be invited to complete an online form, dependent on the type of check required and submit their application on-line. The electronic nature of the system allows for expedited service with most checks completed within a 15 minute time period. The results sent electronically to the applicant via email. Whereas in the past, applicants had to come in and have their ID verified and then return to pick up their completed criminal record check.

There is an electronic administration fee charged for the use of this new system which was developed under the auspices of a standing MOU with Triton Canada Inc. Our citizens will continue to have the option of making an in-person application to Brockville Police Headquarters at 2269 Parkedale Avenue, Brockville, Ontario during the hours Monday to Friday 9:00am until 5:00pm. To use the online service, visit our Criminal Record Check Page