Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2020-11-30

This week’s topics:

  • Re-fill Project – Personal hygiene product donations.
  • Festive RIDE campaign – Drunk driving discouragement.
  • Attempted abduction of a child – Kanata, mentioned a few weeks ago.
  • Safety tips for making private sales.


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– Alex

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Subject: Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for November 30, 2020
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2020 13:02:34 -0500
From: Darren Joseph <wellingtoncpc@gmail.com>

1.  “Re-fill Project”

Once again, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is inviting Ottawa residents to help us collect personal hygiene products for women.

“You can’t decide to skip your period because you don’t have money for sanitary products,” said Cst. Dawn Neilly. “We’re asking for people to give sanitary and hygiene products like pads, tampons, soap, toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo. Products for men are also welcomed.”

The collection of personal hygiene products was introduced in 2016 as the ‘Purse Project’ and resulted in 8000+ purses filled with necessities that were donated to women living at local area shelters. In 2019, the OPS continued to collect products under the guise of the “Re-fill Project”.

“In its 5th edition, the Project comes amid the reality of a pandemic,” added Cst. Stephanie Lemieux. “The need for hygiene products has not gone away and we adapted our drop-off formula with our key partner, Shoppers Drug Mart, to include public safety measures, courtesy of Citron Hygiene.”

We are pleased to have the ongoing participation of local Shoppers Drug Marts. A new partner, Citron Hygiene, will ensure that all products dropped off are properly cleaned and sanitized prior to being donated.

People can drop off their products between now and December 16th, at one of five Shoppers Drug Mart locations: 174 Bank Street, 455 Bank Street, 702 Bank Street, 1080 Bank Street and at 181 Greenbank Road.

The Citron Hygiene warehouse located at 150-2855 Swansea Crescent is also a drop-off location, from Monday to Friday between 8:30am to 4:30pm.

All items collected will be delivered by OPS to local area shelters including, but not limited to the Minwaashin Lodge, Youth Services Bureau, Nelson House and Cornerstone Housing.

2.  Festive RIDE campaign

To date in November, more than 40 persons have been arrested and charged for impaired driving. This included one man who was stopped, in a construction zone while workers were present, with a blood alcohol content over twice the legal limit of 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.

With the holiday season upon us, the Ottawa Police will commence its Festive RIDE campaign starting this weekend and continue into January 2021. Police will be looking for impaired drivers at various locations throughout the City.

“Every week, we see good people make a terrible decision and get behind the wheel of their car when impaired by alcohol or drugs,” said Sgt Troy Froats, with Impaired Countermeasures.  “Please plan your safe return home in advance, arrange a ride with a sober driver or take public transit.  There is no excuse for impaired driving.”

It is an offence to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs – including cannabis and prescription drugs. Persons charged with impaired driving face an immediate 90 day driving suspension and lose their vehicle for 7 days.

“If convicted, an impaired driver can face a minimum one-year driving suspension and monetary fines,” added Sgt Froats. “And that may be the least of it when you consider the risk that a driver may have to live with a resulting tragedy as a consequence of their decision to drive impaired.”

If you suspect someone is driving impaired, call 9-1-1.

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

3.  Attempted abduction of a child

The Ottawa Police Service is seeking public assistance to identify a man who was involved in an Attempted Abduction of a Child on November 6th in the March Road and Second Line area of Kanata.

The man is described as Middle Eastern, 50-60 years old with dark hair, greying on the sides. It is believed that he spoke Arabic at the time of the incident. The large white SUV he was driving had a broken mirror.

Anyone with information about the identity of the man is asked to call Ottawa Police Major Case Management at 613-236-1222, ext. 5760 or email at mcm@ottawapolice.ca.

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

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The Ottawa Police is reminding parents to frequently review tips for children with respect to safety rules. Parents should teach kids what to do when approached by a stranger. Where possible, avoid walking alone.

However, the following tips are offered to children walking alone:

  • Ensure a family member or caregiver knows your route and arrival time;
  • Do not talk to strangers;
  • Do not accept rides from strangers;
  • If an unknown adult is seeking your attention, do not approach them or the vehicle;
  • If being followed, go to a public place, a known residence or shout for help.

For more personal safety tips, visit ottawapolice.ca.

4.  Safety tips for making private sales

Our Robbery Unit has noticed an increase in personal robberies for items such as clothing and phones from pre-arranged meetings made as a result of social media or other website ads.

It is important to consider that most of the robberies we are seeing take place when the ‘buyer’ sees the seller enter a parking lot or establishment and intercepts them before they reach the agreed upon location to exchange items and funds. This isolates the victim and makes it easier not to draw attention to the ongoing robbery.

While police look into these robberies, we want the public to be aware of the risks associated with conducting private sales, especially in advance of the holiday season.

Make your personal safety a priority and consider the following tips before making arrangements to meet someone:

  1. When buying or selling items online, make arrangements to meet in a public place with many people around, ideally during daylight hours and at a location that is under video surveillance;
  2. Don’t go alone, bring a friend;
  3. Take something with you that makes a loud noise, such as a personal alarm or whistle;
  4. Speak with the potential buyer/seller over the phone ahead of the meet up. If something seems suspicious, walk/drive away;
  5. At the meeting, write down the licence plate of the other party’s vehicle;
  6. Thoroughly inspect the product and then exchange funds; and,
  7. If you are purchasing a cell phone, ensure you get the IMEI number and call any service provider to verify that it is not lost/stolen. Once you have the phone, make sure the IMEI # is the same as the one you pre-checked.

Should you become a victim of a similar robbery:

  • And for any crime in progress, call 911;
  • Do not resist your attacker(s), they may be armed and this could lead to serious injury or death;
  • Try and memorize their faces, clothing and licence plates if they leave in vehicles; and,
  • Report the incident to Police as soon as possible.

Anyone with information about personal robberies is asked to call the Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116.

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

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Contact Cst. Darren Joseph directly (west of O-Train, Line 2) at 613-236-1222, ext. 5871 or josephd@ottawapolice.ca.

Contact Cst. Stephanie Lemieux directly (east of O-Train, Line 2) at 613-236-1222, ext. 5287 or lemieuxs@ottawapolice.ca.

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