Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2020-07-14

This week’s topics:

  • Traffic enforcement project “Operation #Noisemaker” results.
  • Missing 34-year-old man to locate.
  • Operation Overwatch update – More speeding and stunt driving.
  • Bike theft prevention tips from the Break and Enter Unit.


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– Alex

—– Forwarded Message —–
Subject: Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for July 14, 2020
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 13:13:07 -0400
From: Darren Joseph <wellingtoncpc@gmail.com>

1.  Traffic enforcement project “Operation #Noisemaker” results

This past weekend, the Ottawa Police Service issued 168 Provincial Offence Notice (PON) tickets, focusing on Street Racing & Unnecessary Noise violations across the city as part of ‘Operation #NoiseMaker’.

This included 111 tickets for Speeding, 9 for hand held device, 4 for muffler/unnecessary noise and 2 cannabis readily available charges; and an additional 13 Part III Summons.

A total of 11 Stunt Driving and Excessive Speed charges were laid as well as one for Racing and one for Perform stunt.

Ottawa Police Frontline and Traffic officers will continue to focus on aggressive driving/riding, excessive speeds and unnecessary noise throughout the summer.

2.  Missing 34-year-old man to locate

The Ottawa Police Service Missing Persons Section is asking for public assistance to locate missing Anwar Hossain, 34 years old, of Ottawa. He was last seen about 4:15pm on Monday, July 6 in the Beechwood area. His family is concerned for his safety and well-being.

Anwar is described as a light-brown-skinned man, 5’5” (165cm), and of average build. No clothing description is available at this time.

Anyone with information about the current whereabouts of Anwar Hossain is asked to call the Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222.

If you have information that could assist investigators, but do not know where he is currently, please contact the Missing Persons Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 2355, between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, daily.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or crimestoppers.ca.

3.  Operation Overwatch update

Since April 25th, Ottawa Police Traffic Services and Frontline officers have focused on speeding with ‘Operation Overwatch’ – targeting Speedsters, Stunt Drivers and Street Racers across the City and issued over 2125 Provincial Offence Notices (PON) for excessive speeding as well as five to 10 Stunt Driving/Riding charges per week.

Those caught driving or riding 50km/h or more over the posted limit face a significant fine (starting at $2000), vehicle seizure and a court date as part of the Province’s legislated consequences for those disregarding speed limits and community safety.

“The data tells us this is a city-wide issue, so we are deploying traffic enforcement resources as evenly as possible across the city,” said Sgt. Craig Roberts, Ottawa Police Traffic Case Manager. “Just last week, officers issued 128 PONs for excessive speeds and five vehicles were seized and their drivers being given a court date for Stunt Driving.”

A public safety video released today by Ottawa Police highlights the fact that no one should be ‘impressed’ with Speeding and Stunt Driving.

“We all have a role to play when it comes to ensuring that our friends, family members and loved ones aren’t put in danger when they’re out on our streets and sidewalks,” added A/Inspector Marc-Andre Sheehy, Traffic Services Unit lead. “Those who show a complete disregard for the safety of other road users have been, and will continue to draw our attention, with enforcement and applicable charges.”

4.  Bike theft prevention tips from the Break and Enter Unit

The Ottawa Police Break and Enter Unit has seen a recent increase in bicycle thefts from sheds, garages, and residential building storage areas, and would like to remind bicycle owners of some ways to help keep your bike secure.

  • If you reside in a residential apartment or condominium building, utilize locked storage areas or cages and keep your bicycle locked while inside. If you are able, store your bicycle in your unit. Be mindful of strangers following you through secure garage and lobby doors.
  • Invest in a good quality lock. Speak to your local bicycle dealer for advice on the lock that best suits your needs and quality of your bicycle.
  • Lock up your frame, not just your wheel.
  • Record your bicycle make, model and serial number and keep it in a safe place along with a photograph of your bike.
  • Register your bicycle on bike registry apps such as project529.com/ottawapoliceservice so you are able to alert fellow Ottawa-area cyclists if your bicycle is stolen or lost.
  • Keep sheds, garages and fence gates closed and locked.  If you are out in your yard, remember to shut and lock your garage door when you go inside. If you have a garage door remote in your vehicle, ensure it is kept out of sight and keep your vehicle locked to prevent access to your garage.
  • Report suspicious persons to police. Remember it only takes seconds for a thief to steal your bicycle.

Please visit our website for further tips to prevent bike thefts.

Anyone with information relating to any break and enters is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Break and Enter Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 4533.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or crimestoppers.ca

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Contact Cst. Darren Joseph directly (west of O-Train, Line 2) at josephd@ottawapolice.ca.
Contact Cst. Stephanie Lemieux directly (east of O-Train, Line 2) at lemieuxs@ottawapolice.ca

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