Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for May 6, 2022

Subject:Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for May 6, 2022
Date:Fri, 6 May 2022 09:55:31 -0400
From:Darren Joseph <wellingtoncpc@gmail.com>

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Secure your windows to prevent injury

This week, the Ottawa Police responded to a call where a child fell from an open window and suffered injury. With the warmer weather upon us, there is a stronger likelihood that windows are open, creating a safety risk potential for children to fall out.

It is important to secure access to your windows. Here are some safety tips to keep children safe:

  • Lock your window closed at all times when you cannot supervise a small child around this falling hazard
  • Install window guards
  • Put up window stoppers
  • Move furniture away from windows (there are more accidents when furniture is near a window).
  • Remove the cranks from crank-open windows to keep kids from opening them.

To make a police report:

  • Contact Cst. Darren Joseph directly (west of O-Train, Line 2) at josephd@ottawapolice.ca or 613-236-1222, ext. 5871.
  • Contact Cst. Stephanie Lemieux directly (east of O-Train, Line 2) at lemieuxs@ottawapolice.ca or 613-236-1222, ext. 5290

Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2022-03-31

One topic item : increase in impaired related charges in March

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

To make a police report :

  • Contact Cst. Darren Joseph directly (west of O-Train, Line 2) at josephd@ottawapolice.ca or 613-236-1222, ext. 5871.
  • Contact Cst. Stephanie Lemieux directly (east of O-Train, Line 2) at lemieuxs@ottawapolice.ca or 613-236-1222, ext. 5290.

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25% increase in impaired related charges in March

Impaired driving is not only criminal; it is dangerous to all of us!

Since January 2022, the Ottawa Police Service is seeing worrisome increase in impaired driving.  A total of 146 impairment-related charges have been laid between January 1st to March 30th, 2022. In March alone, there were 54 charges laid, as opposed to 43 in March 2021.  Nearly half of the drivers charged with impaired driving were involved in a collision. 

These numbers are worrisome for road safety for motorists and vulnerable road-users as we move into cycling season and the return of the eScooters downtown. On average, every 1.3 days, a collision happens as a result of an impaired driver. “Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs can impair the ability to operate a conveyance” says Sgt Troy Froats.

Of double concern to police is an increase of inexperienced drivers being investigated for impaired driving.  Drivers with a graduated licence are not permitted to have ANY alcohol in their system. Those who do are subject to fines and 3, 7 or 30 day driving suspensions for having a blood alcohol concentration above 0.  If you are going to a party, make it a habit to plan a sober ride home.

Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2022-03-14

HATE CRIMES UP

A hate crime is a criminal offence committed against a person or property which is motivated by hate/bias or prejudice based on race, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or other similar factor. Hate Crimes create fear and mistrust which can deeply impact our community.

Today, the Ottawa Police Service Hate and Bias Crime Unit released its 2021 annual statistics that show an increase of 43.6% for reported hate-motivated incidents. “This is a troubling trend considering not all hate-motivated incidents are reported to police,” said Ottawa Police Sgt. Ali Toghrol
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