Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2020-05-11

This week’s topics:

  • Police Week.
  • Reduce the risk of thefts in vehicles.

If you’re interested in helping out, see our Neighbourhood Watch Page.

– Alex

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1.  Police Week

Since 1970, Police Week has been observed in May to coincide with Peace Officers Memorial Day, recognized internationally on May 15. The Ministry of the Solicitor General has designated May 10 to 16, 2020 as Police Week in Ontario and this year’s theme is “Leading the way for safer communities”.

“Police Week is a time to celebrate policing as an essential service in our communities and to reflect on how we can continue to work together—police and community—to advance public safety,” stated Chief Peter Sloly.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our annual Police Week celebrations will no doubt look a little different. Recognizing that we need to respect physical distancing public health guidelines, we are celebrating the hard work and dedication of our members and celebrating our collective impact in the community, virtually!

Watch for informative, interactive and fun virtual events from some of your favourite Ottawa Police members on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

Our schedule to date, with more virtual events to come…

  • Our Outreach and Recruitment team will host an information session on May 13th at 6 p.m. (please follow @ottawa_police_recruiting on Instagram for more details);
  • The Ottawa Police Blues Soccer Team are hosting a chat on May 14th at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom (please follow @ottawa.police.blues on Instagram for more details).

Follow #PoliceWeekON for more opportunities to engage with OPS members during Police Week like the Hoopstars, Patrol Officers and Neighbourhood Resource Teams!

2.  Reduce the risk of thefts in vehicles

The Ottawa Police Service would like to remind the public that, with summer weather just around the corner, so is the risk of theft from vehicles. Residents are reminded to remove anything of value from their vehicle.

“Thieves typically look for an unlocked or locked vehicle showing valuables, and once they gain entry, they go through the entire car, including the trunk,” said Cst. Stephanie Lemieux, Centretown Community Police Officer.  “It isn’t enough to hide items in the console or under the car seats because the thieves are just that thorough.”

In the event you notice someone acting suspicious around parked vehicles or if you see someone trying car doors – please call police and report it. Make the right call. “Even if your car is broken into and nothing is taken, it still needs to be reported to police,” added Cst. Lemieux.

Find out more on how to reduce the risk of being the victim of a theft from vehicle with our Safety and Crime Prevention Programs on our website at, or contact your local community police officer for more information. Download an AVR (All Valuables Removed) card to display in your parked vehicle.

The cards are displayed by vehicle owners on the inside of the driver’s side window to display the message, “All Valuables Removed” – letting would-be-thieves know not to bother searching the vehicle and alerting others to take the same precautions.

Anyone with information regarding a theft from a vehicle or any other crime is asked to call the Police Reporting Unit at 613-236-1222, extension 7300.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers, toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.