Milton Police Blotter – January 13 2011

From the Milton Canadian Champion

Police respond to snowstorm-related car crashes

Local police attended to six car accidents between the hours of 6:55 and 8:42 yesterday morning, at the tail end of this week’s snowstorm.  Although there were no injuries, all accidents resulted in property damage.Locations of the accidents included Britannia and Trafalgar roads, Martin Street and Steeles Avenue, Hwy. 407 and Sixth Line and Lower Base Line West and Sixth Line.

Home ransacked

A laptop, Blackberry charger, Olympus camera and coins worth $86 were stolen from a Sixth Line home.  The culprit forced open the front door sometime between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. January 4.  The estimated value of the stolen items is $1,086.

Three cars broken into

An iPod Touch, with an estimated value of $350, was stolen from a car on Trudeau Drive between 3 p.m. January 3 and 8 a.m. January 4.  A wallet including seven credit cards and $50 cash was stolen from a Nissan Rogue on Dolby Crescent January 3.  Overnight January 3, $20 in cash and five CDs, worth an estimated $120, were stolen from a silver BMW on Menefy Place.

PlayStation stolen

Between 6 a.m. and 11:15 p.m. Monday, a Barclay Circle home with an unlocked door was broken into.  Stolen were a Sony PlayStation worth an estimated $400, eight games worth about $80, and loose change.  Police are investigating.

GPS taken from car

Overnight last Thursday, an unlocked vehicle on Mary Street was broken into.  During the incident, a Garmin GPS worth an estimated $175 was stolen.

Four cars broken into

Overnight Saturday, cars on Maguire Trail, Riddell Court, Hepburn Road and Stark Circle were broken into.  In the first incident, a wallet containing identification, credit cards and cash was taken.  In the second break-in, two CDs, loose change and Ray-Ban sunglasses worth an estimated $200 were taken.  In the third and fourth incidents, loose change was stolen.

Items stolen from cars

Overnight Monday, identification, credit cards and cash were taken from a car on Trudeau Drive.  Police are investigating.

Milton Police Blotter – January 6 2011

Milton Police Blotter

A home on Commercial Street saw its Christmas decorations, including an inflatable Santa Claus two snowmen and a string of lit candy canes, dragged across the lawn and damaged  overnight last Thursday.

The estimated damage was $300.

The following night, inflatable Christmas decorations — including a Santa Claus, penguins and a glowing candy cane display — were among the items stolen from a Pettigrew Trail home.

Also stolen were a set of power cords and electrical boxes. The items’ estimated value was $300.

House broken into

A home on Sixth Line was broken into between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

During the incident, the front door was forced open and a laptop, an Olympus camera, Blackberry charger and $86 worth of coins were taken.  The total estimated value was $1,000.

Impaired charge laid

A 19-year-old Milton woman was charged with blowing over 80 after she allegedly tried to avoid a R.I.D.E. program on Main Street and Martin Street at 11:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve.

Car stolen and recovered

A grey Honda Pilot worth an estimated $35,000 was stolen from a residence on Lancaster Boulevard overnight December 23.  The 2010 vehicle with plates AMYM 442 was later found in good condition near Pearson International Airport.

Thief targets unlocked vehicle

An iPod Nano, Christmas gift certificates and loose change were stolen from an unlocked vehicle overnight December 23.  The incident occurred on Norris Circle.

GPS taken from car

Overnight December 23, a TomTom GPS was stolen from a car in Ramshaw Court.  The device is valued at $450.

Belongings stolen

Items including Oakley sunglasses, a Garmin GPS and an iPod were taken from an unlocked vehicle on Stevenson Street overnight December 23.  The items have a combined value of roughly $500.

Briefcase and wallet stolen

Overnight December 23, a TomTom GPS was taken from an unlocked vehicle on First Line.  Also stolen was a black denim briefcase, which included a wallet, identification and credit cards.

Three thefts from vehicles

On Monday, an iPod Touch, worth $350, a $20 note and five CDs, and a wallet were stolen from cars on Trudeau Drive, Menefy Place and Dolby Crescent.

Wallet stolen from car

A woman’s Guess wallet was stolen from a car overnight December 23.  The wallet contained identification and debit cards.

Coins taken from vehicle

Between December 23 and 24 two vehicles parked in a driveway on Allan Crescent were entered.  Loose change was taken from both vehicles.

More Vehicles Broken Into Recently

It seems to be  a disturbing trend when you go on the Hawthorne Villager web forum to hear that yet another one of our neighbours had their vehicle broken into.  And its not that the cars are being “broken” into, they are opened and rummaged through.

Just recently as a couple of weeks ago, I posted here on this blog Halton Police’s heightened campaign of “Lock it or Lose it” as a reminder for people to lock their doors, hide valueable in their cars and make sure items are secure and safe.  Not a few days after that, my wife and I found ourselves victims of that exact crime.

Earlier on this month, we had to take our daughter to Milton District Hospital emergency ward for complications due to a fever she had.  After we returned from the hospital (all is OK 🙂 ) we were a bit distracted and went back into the house and forgot to lock the doors to her car.  I left shortly after for a meeting at town hall with staff that latest until 1130PM.  I had picked up a prescription for Miranda and in my haste I forgot to lock my doors as well. Normally I do a double check and hit my auto lock on my keys but apparently I didn’t.

We woke up the next morning to find my wallet, a few selected items in my car and my wifes purse stolen.  Its a heart wrenching feeling to have, especially this close to Christmas and having to replace all credit cards and identification that was stolen.  The inconvenience of having to call every bank, every credit card to report them stolen and the inevitable back and forth making sure any charges get reversed.  There were some charges on our cards but thankfully it was kept to a minimum.  These crooks know what they are doing and dont go overboard … just enough to get what they want.

It just goes to show you, it can happen to anyone…even those who are normally diligent in locking doors and keeping things out of plain sight.

Just this week it was reported that cars had items taken from their cars along Bennett Blvd and now on Mara Circle in ward 6.  Hopefully these incidences are reported to Halton Police (as mine was) so they can investigate and possibly track any clues that come about.  The more people are aware its happening, the more people can take precautions and stop these crimes in their tracks.

Don’t let yourself be a victim as well.  Protect your belongings.  Lock your doors.  And most importantly, keep your eyes open!

Milton Community Police Committee Update

As regular readers of the blog will know, I am a member of the Milton Community Policing Committee (MCPC)and we have monthly meetings about community outreach with the Halton Police Department and promote programs to help raise awareness of safety / crime issues in Halton.

Its been reported recently that despite the massive growth in the area, Halton remains the safest community in Canada. I think that’s a direct result of the officers in Halton and the great job they do.

During our meeting last night, they reported on some recent statistics of different crimes that are on the rise. A majority of them included car theft / property theft from peoples driveways.

In the last couple of weeks, Halton Police have had several incidences of vehicle theft as people start their cars in the morning and leave them unattended. Its important for people to realize that even though our community is “safe” there are still people from both inside and outside the region who are on the prowl looking for opportunities.

The MO of many of them are driving around neighbourhoods looking for unattended cars that are running, quickly checking to see if they are unlocked and driving off with them. The best line of defense is to either not let your car warm up unattended and unlocked or invest in an automatic car starter that locks the doors while its running.

Another disturbing trend is property theft from vehicles. People leave valuables like cell phones, wallets, laptops etc in plain view and that’s just too much of a temptation for criminals to do the quick smash and grab. The Halton Regional Police force are now embarking on a campaign to help raise awareness of this called “Lock it or lose it”

From the Halton Police website:

Lock It or Lose It

With the holiday season on the horizon, the Halton Regional Police Service would like to remind citizens to be cognizant and diligent by locking their vehicles and hiding valuable items.

Adhering to the following proactive recommendations may deter thieves from stealing your valuables:

1. Locking your vehicle and removing all valuable items from plain view. Items such as: GPS units, laptops, wallets, cellular phones and any other item of monetary value.

2. Simply locking your vehicle while valuable items are still visible inside provides a false sense of security. Thieves will smash the windows in order to gain quick access to these valuables.

3. Be particularly cognizant when purchasing expensive electronic equipment and then storing it in your vehicle. The best alternative is to transport these items directly to your home. If this is not a feasible option, lock the valuable item in the trunk of your vehicle.

4. Do not leave your vehicle running, unlocked and unattended while warming up in the driveway. Thieves have stolen vehicles from various driveways while they have been left operating unattended.

Don’t enable these thieves to steal your valuable items. Remove the opportunity and reduce your likelihood of being victimized.

Anyone with suspect information or information pertaining to any thefts is asked to call the Burlington Criminal Investigations office at 905-825-4747 extension 2316 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

One of the things that the MCPC will be doing in the coming weeks is handing out brochures with this information at high traffic areas like shopping malls, GO Station, grocery stores etc to help remind people to be aware of the surroundings and to do what they can to make it difficult for these types of crimes to happen.  We will be working with the principals of Milton schools to see if they can help distribute this information as well so it gets in the hands of people.

The Committee is always looking for more volunteers to help out and to join us and help take part in initiatives like this to help raise awareness in our own neighbourhoods.  There have been quite a few new people joining us and we’re always looking for more.  There are a lot of ideas that we would like to implement and the more people we have helping us out the better.  Send me an email if you are interested in joining the MCPC.  We meet monthly and combined with our activities its not a lot of time to spend, but it is worthwhile.

You can find out more about the programs of the Halton Police on their website