World Day Against Trafficking In Persons

World Day Against Trafficking In Persons
July 30th, 2018 - Police & the Community

Human trafficking is a crime and human rights abuse that’s sometimes referred to as “modern day slavery.”

There are different types of human trafficking that takes place in Ontario, including sex trafficking and labour trafficking. Forced marriage is also considered a form of human trafficking.

Human trafficking targets young adolescents trying to fit in. They are vulnerable to someone giving them attention, and they (traffickers/pimps) make young girls feel special, an in doing so they buy them things, taking them shopping, etc. They know just how to buy their trust and sometimes even love. Traffickers control their victims in many ways, including psychological manipulation, emotional abuse, lies, addiction, threats, violence, isolation, and taking control of ID/documents and money.

More than 90% of the victims of sex trafficking within Canada come from Canada, according to government statistics. Sex-trafficking victims often are forced to work out of hotels and motels, where staff and visitors aren’t aware of the warning signs. 

Human trafficking targets primarily young adolescents, as 13-years-old. Parents/Guardians need to pay attention to what their teens may be doing on the internet/social media, as it may be a tool used by people (traffickers/pimps) to lure youths into exploitive acts.

There are several signs that a young person, may be in trouble including;

  • a new boyfriend nobody has met
  • new gifts
  • being absent from school
  • becoming isolated from friends and family
  • secrecy around on-line activities
  • any physical symptoms of bruising or injuries

The Barrie Police Service- Project Safe Horizon is an initiative that focuses primarily on the victim and their safety, both immediate and longer term care, in the hopes of ending Human Trafficking in our area. This collaborative effort allows agencies to effectively react to victims of Human Trafficking, in order to provide all the necessary services.

For further information on Ontario's Strategy to End Human Trafficking click here.

 

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Operation Dry Water: A Collaborative Approach with The Canadian Safe Boating Council

Operation Dry Water: A Collaborative Approach with The Canadian Safe Boating Council
July 30th, 2018 - Police & the Community

Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. In 2018, the Canadian Safe Boating Council along with the Barrie Police Service are also concerned about the potential impact of legalization of recreational marijuana and the increase in use and abuse of prescription narcotics on boating incidents and fatalities.

To raise awareness and reduce impairment-related deaths, the Canadian Safe Boating Council  (CSBC) and the Barrie Police Service are launching year six (6) of an initiative called “Operation Dry Water”.  It’s goal is to stress the importance of Boating Sober.

With the summer boating season in high gear, the August long weekend is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of impaired boating.  Combined with sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat, the effects of alcohol and drugs on the water can be greatly increased.

Federal statutes dictate that boaters can be charged with Impaired Operation of a Vessel under the Criminal Code of Canada if they are found to be impaired. Under current and proposed legislation, human-powered craft are not excluded from the definition of a vessel and, so, are subject to the same penalties.  A number of provinces have enacted legislation where impaired boating can affect your automobile driving privileges.   

Operation Dry Water is aimed at reducing the number of impairment-related accidents and fatalities on the water while fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use while boating. The end goal? To achieve safer and more enjoyable recreational boating. 

This initiative is made possible through support of Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety

For further information on the Canadian Safe Boating Council contact:

Ian Gilson
Director – Canadian Safe Boating Council
905-719-5152
igilson@rogers.com

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CDSA Search Warrant Leads to Four Arrests

CDSA Search Warrant Leads to Four Arrests
July 27th, 2018 - Police & the Community

After a lengthy investigation, the Barrie Police Street Crime Unit has charged four (4) people with drug trafficking related charges.

On Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 members of the Barrie Police Street Crime Unit executed a Controlled Drug and Substance Act search warrant at an address on Sanford Street, in the City of Barrie. At the same time a female was arrested during a traffic stop relating to their investigation in the south end of Barrie.  At the conclusion of the investigation, a quantity of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl were seizes as well as a substantial amount of cash deemed to be a result of drug trafficking.

A 33-year-old Barrie male has been charged with:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking- Cocaine
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance- Cocaine
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance- Heroin
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance- Fentanyl

A 32-year-old Barrie male has been charged with:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance- Cocaine

A 34-year-old Barrie female has been charged with:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance- Cocaine

A 17-year-old Barrie female has been charged with:

  • Breach of Recognizance

The public is reminded that anyone who may have information into the illegal distribution or possession of drugs can anonymously report to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com

Occurrence #: BA18036721

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180

Sleight of Hand Theft Lands in Barrie

Sleight of Hand Theft Lands in Barrie
July 27th, 2018 - Police & the Community

Barrie Police is warning the public about a new sleight of hand theft that has now targeted a victim in the Barrie area.

On Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at approximately 2:30 pm the victim was approached in a parking lot at Anne Street and Vespra Street, in the City of Barrie, by a vehicle with a male driver and two (2) female passengers. The female in the passenger’s seat asked the victim for directions to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, and before the an answer could be provided the female placed a gold ring onto the victim's finger. 

The suspect continued to place jewelry on the victim while continuing to ask for directions to the hospital.  Swiftly she jumped back in the waiting vehicle and left heading east on Vespra Street.  The victim did not realize the female suspect had removed all of her valuable jewelry in a sleight of hand distraction theft until some time later.

Description:

  • Female, white
  • 5'8", heavy build
  • Wearing a bandana and long dress both in a flower print 

Limited descriptors were observed of the other two (2) suspects however the male driver appeared to be white with a dark complexion and thin build and the female in the back seat appeared to be in her early 20's.  The trio were driving a silver vehicle, possibly a Pontiac Sunfire. 

Police are continuing their investigation at this time and would like anyone in the area that may have surveillance video of the suspects or vehicle to please contact Constable M. Carlson at 705-725-7025 ext. 2691 or mcarlson@barriepolice.ca . Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at P3 Tips.

This type of theft has swept other major cities country wide and through much of Europe with suspects confusing victims, entering into their personal space and leaving in as much of a hurry as they arrived.  Often times police services see our elderly or senior citizens as victims however this crime can effect anyone at any age.  

Here are some tips to protect against this type of sleight of hand theft:

  1. If you wear jewelry in public, conceal valuable items under your clothing.
  2. Don’t allow anyone you don’t know into your personal space.
  3. Tell the person that you are not interested, and for them to leave you alone.
  4. Draw attention to the situation by calling for help.
  5. Call police and report the crime immediately.

Occurrence #: BA18037015

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180

Female Sought for Credit Card Fraud South of the City

Female Sought for Credit Card Fraud South of the City
July 25th, 2018 - Police & the Community

A lengthy investigation has led Barrie Police to seek public assistance to identify a female responsible for a fraud using a stolen credit card.

On Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at approximately 6:40 pm the victim was shopping at Zehrs located at 607 Cundles Road East, in the City of Barrie.  Upon approaching the register to pay for her groceries, she realized her purse had been opened and her wallet stolen. A short time later the victim received a call from her bank advising there was suspicious activity on her credit card.  It was determined the card was used six (6) times, totaling over $300.00, at the Canadian Tire Gas Bar located at the ONroute in Innisfil. An attempt was then made at a Shoppers Drug Mart in North York, which is when the bank froze the card.

Description:

  • Female, dark complexion
  • Approximately 20 to 25-years-old
  • Long, dark hair
  • Wearing a light brown or gold winter jacket

Police are continuing their investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact Constable C. Brown at 705-725-7025 ext. 2588 or cbrown@barriepolice.ca . Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at P3 Tips.

Occurrence #: BA18014840

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180

Cybertip.ca Alert: Cake app

Cybertip.ca Alert: Cake app
July 25th, 2018 - Police & the Community

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, through its Cybertip.ca program, wants to make parents aware of the app Cake – Live Stream Video Chat and its risks for teens after recently learning about the app and its significant volume of sexual content.

What are the concerns?

1. This app’s content is primarily sexual in nature
In less than 12 hours of creating an account we received four unsolicited messages with sexual content, including a sexually explicit video from a male user. Sections of the app include the “Hot List” and “Top Cakers” where the top 10 profile pictures are exclusively young females, most of whom are in provocative poses. Our profile picture was NOT sexually suggestive. 

2. Teens can connect and share videos with anyone, which increases the risk of sextortion

Cake’s one-on-one video chat encourages users to connect to people they don’t know in “Go Private Random.” They can also join private chat rooms or public broadcast rooms. This creates opportunities for individuals to seek out youth and gradually manipulate them into sharing sexual images or videos, which can be captured as screenshots or video without your teen ever knowing. 

3. Live streaming videos earns users cash value, which encourages risk-taking behaviour 

The app encourages users to share live video broadcasts and to video chat with new people by rewarding them with “diamonds,” which can be exchanged for cash value. Users can also earn “diamonds” from others by completing specific requests made by users watching the live stream and broadcasting parties. This may encourage teens to take risks like talking to people they do not know, who can ask them to perform tasks that may progress to being sexual in nature.  

4. No enforcement of minimum age requirement means younger kids are using Cake

While the Cake app is intended for users who are at least 13 years old, this is buried in the Terms of Use and is not enforced, even when a new user enters a birth date indicating they are younger than 13.

What can parents do?

  1.  If your child is under the age of 13, they should NOT be on Cake. The highly sexual nature of the app also raises questions about why youth need to use it at all. Have a conversation with your teen about choosing a more appropriate app for live streaming with their friends. 
  2. Talk to your teen about the risks of live streaming, including that anyone watching can capture a screenshot or video  without them knowing.
  3. Encourage your teen to talk to you about weird or uncomfortable moments they encounter. Emphasize that it is never too late to come to you for help, even if they have made a mistake.
  4. If they are going to use the app, review the security/privacy settings with your teen and take these steps:
  • Select “Discover” in the bottom right corner of the screen and then the settings icon in the top right corner.
  • For the “Profile Visible” setting, select “Hidden” so your teen is not visible to all users.
  •  For the “Private Call” setting, select “Not Accept” so your teen does not get calls from unknown users.

  5. Review your teen’s “Friends,” “Followers,” and “Following” lists. Ask your teen if they                  know each person offline and have them delete the rest.

This Cake is NOT for kids.

Cybertip.ca Alert warns about new live video chat app Cake, and outlines the risks your kids are facing if they’re signed up.

Watch here and visit Cybertip.ca to sign up to receive cyber tips alerts!

Suspect Sought Following Several Thefts from Cabela’s

Suspect Sought Following Several Thefts from Cabela’s
July 24th, 2018 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police has recently received video surveillance and are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect following several retail thefts and frauds.

On Sunday, June 29, 2018, police were called to Cabela’s located at 50 Concert Way, in the City of Barrie, for a report of theft and fraud. Prior to police arriving loss prevention staff had chased a suspect through the parking lot, after he had been identified as the suspect responsible for several recent thefts and frauds.

The suspect had attended the store twice on Sunday, June 24, 2018. The first time he attended the store was just after 3:00 p.m., it was at this time he concealed two hunting knives on his person and discarded the packaging on a nearby shelf. He was then observed switching several price tags on hammocks and later paying $29.99 for a hammock that had been priced at $99.99. Later that same day, just after 5:00 p.m. he returned and once again switched the price tags on two hammocks, and left the store paying for $29.99 for a hammock priced at $129.99.

On Tuesday, June 26, the suspect returned to Cabela’s and once again stole several hunting knives and purchased two hammocks after switching the price tags.  On Friday, June 29, he returned to the store just after 1:15 p.m. and was observed switching pricing tags on several hammocks and various pieces of clothing. While in the store he had been recognized by loss prevention, and when approached by officers, he fled the area in a black SUV. 

The investigation is ongoing.

The suspect is described as;

  • Male, white (43 to 45 yrs.)
  • Heavy build
  • 6’0”
  • Wearing a baseball hat, red long sleeve shirt, light coloured shorts and sandals.

Anyone with information is asked to Constable Claus of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025, ext.2649, aclaus@barriepolice.ca , or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com 

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA18031995 

 

 

Kijiji Scam Involving the Sale of a Chevrolet Pickup Truck

Kijiji Scam Involving the Sale of a Chevrolet Pickup Truck
July 24th, 2018 - Police & the Community

Barrie Police are cautioning people of a fraud scam that a few citizens of Barrie have fallen victim to over the past week. 

The scam involves a Kijiji ad selling a Chevrolet pick up truck where the owner chats back and forth with the buyer for a short time in regards to the vehicle.  Before seeing the vehicle, a $1000.00 payment is requested to hold the vehicle. A fraudulent address is provided for the buyer to go see the vehicle however when the buyer shows up, the owner of the home has no knowledge of any vehicle being sold.

Barrie Police want to remind you to be cautious when requested to send money ahead of time to hold or use as a deposit on any item for sale on such sites as Kijiji, letgo or Facebook Marketplace.   Anyone who believes they have found a fraudulent ad or seller should contact the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 as well as report the information to the corresponding website for prompt investigation and removal.  If you have fallen victim to a scam and have a suffered a financial loss, please contact the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 to report the incident.

For more information on how to protect yourself from computer scams or other financial frauds, check out the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center resources HERE and take a look at The Little Black Book of Scams

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180

Fraud Alert - Door-To-Door Terry Fox Scam

Fraud Alert - Door-To-Door Terry Fox Scam
July 23rd, 2018 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police Service is warning local residents after being alerted that scammers are going to door-to-door and asking for pledges in the name of Terry Fox.

Police have received reports of individuals canvassing local neighborhoods throughout the City of Barrie under the façade of collecting cash donations on behalf of the annual run, which raises funds for cancer research.

The suspects, described as white males, have been reported using expired health cards for identification purposes, and pledge forms, which have been downloaded from the internet.

We (Terry Fox - Barrie) do not ask volunteers/participants to seek out cash donations by going door- to-door. The majority of the participants in the annual run seek pledges online or approach people they know when seeking donations,” said Michael F. McDougall, Chairman of Terry Fox - Barrie.  Anyone wishing to make donations to the Terry Fox Run can do so, securely, online at www.terryfox.org

At this time there have been no victims identified as a result of this charitable door-to-door scam. Anyone who suspects they may have been a victim of fraud is asked to contact Police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at 1-888-495-8501.

Driver of Stolen Vehicle Deemed Impaired by Drug

Driver of Stolen Vehicle Deemed Impaired by Drug
July 20th, 2018 - Police & the Community

Investigators with the Barrie Police Traffic Services have arrested and charged a 29-year-old man and 31-year-old woman from Barrie, following a motor vehicle collision on Hurst Drive, in the City of Barrie.

On Friday, July 20, 2018, just before 7:30 a.m. a U-Haul truck left the roadway crashing into a home on Hurst Drive, in the City of Barrie. The driver and passenger of the vehicle fled the scene on foot, although were located a short time later by police and canine.

Further investigation into the collision revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen from the Barrie area on July 11, 2018.

The driver of the truck, a 29-year-old man from Barrie, was not injured. He has been charged with; Impaired Driving – by drug, Dangerous Driving, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – over $5,000. Further charges were laid under the Highway Traffic Act for Fail to Remain and Drive No Licence. The male was later released from custody and will appear in a Barrie Court of Justice on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

The passenger, a 31-year-old woman from Barrie, was not injured. She has been charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – over $5,000, and held in custody. The woman had been wanted on an outstanding warrant for unrelated charges by South Simcoe Police Service.

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA18035854

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