Summer is here and along with the warmer weather comes an increase of thefts from vehicles. Please remember to lock your vehicle at all times and remove any valuablesClose Article
With hunting season approaching, the LaSalle Police Service would like to remind everyone that Town of LaSalle prohibits the Discharging of any Firearms within the Municipality.
Town of LaSalle By-law # 5304 states that no person shall discharge any gun or other firearm, air-gun, spring gun, cross bow, long-bow, or any class or type thereof within the limits of the Town of LaSalle. The only exemptions are Fighting Island and on the Detroit River ONLY when hunters are shooting away from land towards the water. There is no specific distance from the shoreline that an individual has to be while hunting; however in the spirit of safety, no firearm should be discharged towards the shore line. Hunters are also reminded to be extra vigilant in watching for boaters and fishermen who also enjoy our waterways.
Hunters should also be aware that there is NO SUNDAY HUNTING ANYWHERE IN THE TOWN OF LASALLE.
Hunters also have an ethical and legal obligation of utilizing their firearms in a safe manner. If the firearm is utilized in an unsafe or careless manner, charges under the Criminal Code may also be considered in addition to, or as an alternative to the Town of LaSalle By-law # 5304.
Every person who contravenes any provisions of this By-law is guilty of an offence and shall, upon conviction, be liable to a fine of up to $5,000.00.
For more information, please contact Senior Constable Jamie Nestor Community Liaison Officer at 519-969-5210 ext. 273Close Article
Marijuana Grow Houses are normal houses in residential areas that are converted for the purposes of growing marijuana. Marijuana Grow Operations may be found in any home, in any neighbourhood.
To make a house suitable for cultivating marijuana, significant changes are made to the home's structure. High intensity lighting is needed to grow the plants (which is costly), so many home grow operations by-pass the electricity illegally putting the neighbourhood at risk of fire and electrocution. Combined with construction to provide water and ventilation for the grow operation, the house becomes uninhabitable for future residents. Unless major repairs are made, the house is ruined and the property value of other homes in the area is lowered.
Marijuana Grow Houses often have links to criminal elements and organized crime. Individuals associated with grow operations have been found to carry weapons and may be considered dangerous. Also, there is a risk of increased violence and residual crime in neighbourhoods associated with illegal activity. Marijuana Grow Houses are not only a police concern they are a Public Safety Issue!!!!
There are many dangers associated with Marijuana Grow Houses, and problems that can result from having one in your neighbourhood. These include:
As of Monday October 19th, 2009 the Office of the Independent Police Review Director is open. Please visit the OIPRD website for further information and check back here for updatesClose Article
Do not operate a ATV while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and drugs reduce your reaction time and judgment, two essential skills required when operating an ATV.
With the nice weather approaching an increase in the use of All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) is on the rise. All though they are very fun to ride, they are also very dangerous. It is important that everyone who rides off-road vehicles takes the necessary safety precautions to minimize the risk of injury or death.
The following should be taken into consideration when either purchasing or riding an ATV:
Proper equipment should be worn at all times. Cloths such as long pants, long sleeve shirt or jacket, gloves, eye protection and of course helmets will drastically decrease your chance of injury or even fatality. Approximately 60% of fatalities in Canada were due to head injuries. When choosing a helmet ensure that it carries either the (DOT) or Snell labels.
Stay off paved roads and avoid unfamiliar terrain. ATVs can easily roll or tip over and they can be difficult to control on paved roads. Because they way that they are built paved roads can effect the handling and control of your ATV.
When purchasing an ATV for your child you must match the size of the child to the ATV. An ATV that is to large or to powerful for your child can increase the risk of lnjury. Manufactures strongly suggest that riders under the age of 16 should not operate ATVs over 90cc. Always check with an ATV dealer to ensure that the ATV is the right size for your child.
Do not allow your child to ride an adult ATV. Children are involved in approximately one-third of ATV related deaths and emergency room injuries. Most of theses deaths occur when a child is riding or is a passenger on an adult ATV.
Maintain your ATV. Just like your car the maintenance of your ATV is crucial. Proper maintenance can save you from being stranded and from costly repairs. Simple things like the incorrect tire pressure may cause your ATV to steer or handle improperly. An under-inflated tire can cause wheel damage while over-inflation may cause damage to the tire. Ensure that you refer to your owners manual for proper maintenance and always have a tool kit with you for those small repairs.
A lot of ATV owners are under the impression that the same rules that apply for your car do not apply to your ATV. The Off-Road Vehicles Act clearly states that your ATV (with exceptions) must be plated, insured and registered with the Ministry of Transportation. Failure to comply with the act can result in costly and unnecessary fines.
No owner of an off-road vehicle shall permit a child under the age of 12 to drive the vehicle unless the child is driving the vehicle on land owned by the vehicle owner or under the close supervision of an adult.
Unfortunately the Town of LaSalle does not have any designated areas for riding ATVs. LaSalle Police respond to numerous complaints each year regarding the use of ATVs on private property such as farmers fields and the Essex Terminal Railway tracks. Each year there is extensive damage caused to the farmers crops as a result of ATV riders. The only way you can ride on private property or anywhere within the Town of LaSalle is with written permission from the property owner.
For further information on the Off-Road Vehicles Act or if you have any other ATV related questions contact the Ministry of Transportation or your local Police Service.Close Article
The LaSalle Police Service has received several complaints from citizens regarding people operating off road/all terrain vehicles inappropriately. Laws governing these vehicles stipulate that they must be covered with an insurance contract and they must be plated. The operator must wear an approved style helmet and carry proof of ownership and insurance on them. These vehicles can be operated on your own property or on someone else's property with permission. If they are being used on property other than the owner’s property, the driver must have written permission and if not the operator is in breach of the Trespass to Property Act and liable to be charged and fined. The LaSalle Police will be enforcing all the provincial statutes related to the use of all terrain vehicles. Some of the offences can result in fines as high as $5,000.00 for first time offences.
The Essex Terminal Railway is quite concerned with the number of vehicles and pedestrians that use the property along their railroad tracks. They have posted signs and barricades to restrict people from using that property. Any use whatsoever of the property along the Essex Terminal Railway tracks is prohibited and persons found on the property will be subject to arrest and fines as prescribed under the Trespass to Property Act.
The Essex Terminal Railway does not want any unauthorized people on their property.
Fines under the Trespass to Property Act include:
|2(1)(a)(i)||Enter premises when entry prohibited Fine||$65.00|
|2(1)(a)(ii)||Engage in prohibited activity on premises Fine||$65.00|
|2(1)(b)||Fail to leave premises when directed Fine||$65.00|
Wheel Chairs and Medical Scooters, Person Mobility Devices
• Persons in motorized wheel chairs, wheel chairs and medical scooters are considered to be pedestrians.
• They DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION, LICENCE PLATES, DRIVER'S LICENCE OR VEHICLE INSURANCE.
• A sidewalk should be the first choice for someone using a wheelchair or medical scooter.
• If there are no sidewalks available, people using wheelchairs or personal mobility devices should travel, like pedestrians, along the left shoulder of the roadway facing oncoming traffic.
• When there is no sidewalk the person should return to the sidewalk at the first available opportunity.
• Operators must be 16yrs of age.
• ALL operators MUST wear an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmet.
• Ebikes may be operated anywhere a bicycle can be ridden
• An Owner of an e-bike or is in possession or control of an e-bike shall not permit a person who is under the age of 16 yrs to ride on, drive or operate the e-bike on a highway.
• An e-bike must not be ridden on, driven or operated unless it is good working order.
• Similar to bicycles and mopeds, power-assisted bicycles are prohibited from use on certain provincial controlled - access highways.
• Any municipal by-law prohibiting bicycles from highways under their jurisdiction also apply to e-bikes. Municipalities may also pass by-laws specific to e-bikes that prohibit them from municipal roads, sidewalks, bike paths, bike trails and bike lanes under their jurisdiction.
• Ebikes DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION, LICENCE PLATES, DRIVER'S LICENCE OR VEHICLE INSURANCE.
Mopeds and Scooters
• Are classified as vehicles and have to be licence, insurance and registration. Operated on a highway.
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The LaSalle Police Service would like to share the following safety tips for parents and children. The safety of children in the Town of LaSalle is a partnership between the police and members of our community:
In the Event That Your Child Is Missing:
Tips For parents:
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Craig's List Scam
It involves the scenario where an unknown male telephones the residence and identifies himself as an employee from the Government of Canada " Do Not Call List". He informs the victim that they are on a "Do Not Call List" and that he wanted to remove them from the list. The male explains that in order to block someone from calling you, all you have to do once you hang up, is to push a PIN number and that person is blocked. The male tells the caller that they will be receiving a telephone call shortly to supply them with the PIN number and that he would return the telephone call later.
Victims should immediately use the Bell Canada security feature of *57 to record the last number before they receive the next call. Victims should try and obtain a name from the male and/or any accents or peculiarities.
After the initial telephone call is completed, the victim receives another call within seconds. This call appears to be automated and there is an unknown female’s voice relaying a PIN number. The victim is supplied a number that is; 41859. After this call, the caller should again use the Bell Canada Security feature *57 to trace the call.
After this telephone call the victim receives a telephone call from the unknown male who asks the victim for the PIN number. Do not supply this number and simply hang up the telephone call and, again use the *57 feature.
The male explains that once the victim receives a call from these telemarketers, they simply hang up, and press the PIN number.
That is not true, once the victim gives this 5 digit number out to the caller, the culprit will then supply this number to Craig’s List. Once on Craig’s list it will be available for ads and the telephone number will be associated to it, thus increasing calls from telemarketers. There is no cost to the victim other than a nuisance.
The victim must now contact Craig’s list and inform them of the abuse to have it cease. Craig’s list will abide by the request from the victim.
The victim shall use this statement to report to Craig’s List at ABUSE@CRAIGSLIST.ORG: " I fell victim to a Craig’s List scam. Please do not run any ads with my telephone number (supply number) or this code (supply 5 digit code). "
After using the Bell Canada security feature, call LaSalle Police immediately so they may investigate the matter.
Internet Fraud Awareness
Internet Fraud Scams are on the rise and an increasing number of people are falling victim to them. These scams work very well because they seem real and often have some of your personal information, which may help them seem more legitimate.
Some of the more common scams are:
In all three of these scams the suspects are asking for personal and banking information and are often making promises that seem "to good to be true". In all three of these situations the promises are too good to be true.
How could you win a lottery you’ve never entered, why would a millionaire need help moving money from the bank and why ask a stranger to help and lastly, why would a bank write a money order for ten thousand dollars more than a person requested.
These scammers are often based in Europe or the Middle East and it is almost impossible to track them down once information and money have been sent.
Always remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you are unsure about and email or phone call you have received ask a family member, your bank or your local police service.Close Article
Underage Drinking is illegal. The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19. Anyone caught drinking or supplying liquor to underage persons can face serious legal repercussions.
You don't need alcohol to have fun - Don't ruin your memory of the event with feelings of regret, humiliation and disappointment. Most people only get to experience their prom once, be sure to make your experience memorable and positive.
Be Prepared - Have a plan. Arrange transportation home prior to the event. You can use public transit, taxis, limousines or parents. Carry emergency phone contact numbers and extra money for a cab. Always take a cell phone with you and remember to keep it charged.
Travel in pairs or groups - be sure to travel in groups or at least with one reliable friend. Keep tabs on friends and be sure to let everyone know if plans change.
Never drink and drive or enter a vehicle with a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs - it's not worth risking your life, call a cab or your parents for a ride. Have a designated driver.
Keep your parents in the loop - let them know what the itinerary is for events after the prom, the friends you will be with, means of transportation and phone numbers where you can be reached.Close Article
The LaSalle Police Service has listed numerous safety tips for you and your family. Please feel free to review these helpful tips as outlined. The LaSalle Police Service is fortunate to have a dedicated Community Liaison Officer whose mandate in part is to develop, implement and assists the community of LaSalle with various crime prevention programs and initiatives. Currently, our Community Liaison Officer (CLO) is Senior Constable Jamie Nestor and his duties include but are not limited to:
Properly supervising children is the best way to prevent child sexual abuse. Children who are not supervised well can become emotionally vulnerable and, in turn, fall prey more easily to sexual abusers offering affection, attention and friendship.
You can prevent child sexual abuse by becoming knowledgeable about the topic and by reporting any good faith suspicions you may have to the authorities. By becoming knowledgeable, you might be more aware of potential sexual problems in others, including young children and teenagers, or recognize inappropriate behavior by adults.
The sexual abuse of children must be stopped before it happens. Prevention actions include encouraging the media to inform the public about child sexual abuse, recognizing potential child molesters early and directing them to appropriate services, empowering parents to protect their children, and keeping chronic, untreatable child molesters away from children permanently. To truly prevent child abuse of any kind, we need to create a society that respects children, protects them from harm, and shows them how to treat others in a positive and non-exploitive manner.
If you would like more information about Sexual Abuse Safety Tips for you and your children please call any one of the local Community Service Providers or Community Partners.
Children Lured To Porn on The Net
Online pornographers have begun luring children with a new "bait & switch" ploy that links sexually explicit sites to cartoon characters and other web addresses that appeal to the youngest computer users.
One site even encouraged repeat visits by offering prizes for viewing more photos, and a child who stumbles on some porn sites can find it impossible to leave. Technology allows the sites to capture the visitor's browser and then each click of the mouse just brings up another explicit photo.
The sites use young children to click on banner ads which generate revenue for the web site. While innocently in the site and trying to get out, children and be exposed to dozens of sexually explicit photographs. In other situations, teenagers are using mom and dad's credit cards to "peek" at pornographic photos. The parents don't find out until they receive a huge bill.
Preventing And Dealing With Exposure To Porn
What should you do if you discover your child has seen sexually explicit material on the Internet? It can be an uncomfortable topic for any parent and child to discuss. What you say will vary depending on the age of the child.
Ilene Berson, a faculty member at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute in Florida, has surveyed 6,800 kids about online behavior. She offers the following advice:
If you would like more information about Internet Luring Safety Tips for you and your children please call any one of the local Community Service Providers or Community Partners.
Remember that no one ever deserves to be abused. It is not your fault.
Always call the Police if you are concerned for your safety.
A Safe Place provides free services for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. Translators, and other assistance are available. Please contact one of the Community Service Providers or Community Partners.
If you would like more information about A Safe Place or Safety Planning for you and your children please call any one of the local Community Service Providers or Community Partners.
The easiest way to protect yourself from burglars is to take preventative measures. These measures, which can be as simple as lighting schemes or as complex as security alarms, vary according to your plans and financial capabilities.
Going on Vacation
Before going on vacation, contact your newspaper and arrange to put a stop or vacation hold on your daily delivery, or ask a neighbor to collect your newspapers for you. Go to the Post Office and fill out a vacation hold form to keep your mail from accumulating. Piles of unchecked mail and unread newspapers are a green light to burglars looking for potential targets.
A timer, which turns lamps and lighting on and off at set times, is inexpensive and available at most major retail outlets. Simply plug it in and set your lighting scheme. In addition to conserving energy – you don’t have to keep the lights on constantly, the lights may fool burglars into thinking someone is home.
Another idea is to make your home “look” occupied. Give your neighbors permission to park in your driveway and to use your trash can if you will be away for extended periods. Ask them to pick up notices, fliers or deliveries left on your porch. Be sure to leave a phone number so they can, or the police, can reach you just in case.
When you purchased your computer, what did you do with the boxes? Throw them in your garbage can? This is an open invitation to burglars, announcing that you have new (and probably expensive) equipment in your home. The best thing do with boxes like these is to fold them and then cut them down, or take them to a recycling center.
Investing in motion detector lights for your garage or backyard area can be a worthy investment. Look for lights that allow you to set the sensitivity (the light is of little use if passing leaves set it off) and place them where maximum light will reach entry points, such as a back door or car doors.
Keep in mind that just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you’re safe from a burglar. Truly desperate criminals have been known to sneak in an upstairs window, rob your upper floors of all valuables and then sneak out, undetected. Keep all windows and doors locks when you’re home as well as when you’re at work. Be sure to keep valuable items, like your purse or extra car keys, awake from unlocked doors. It’s quite simple for a thief to open the front door, snatch your purse or keys and be off while you’re singing to the kitchen radio.
Similarly, avoid placing spare keys outside, especially anywhere near the door. If someone needs a spare key, make other arrangements, such as leaving the key with a neighbor or in a strategic place in the backyard. Invest in a deadbolt for every outer door; experts and law enforcement officials agree that deadbolt locks are the hardest to break and one of the cheapest security investments you can make.
Make sure all entries into your home – windows, doors and the garage area – are secure. If you use an automatic garage door opener and will be gone for a few days, place a large box or other obstacle in front of the door (on the inside). Because the opener’s infrared signal sees the obstacle, it will automatically trigger a non-opening command. Initially designed to keep garage doors from crushing children and pets, this useful feature can also help prevent burglaries. Another idea is to disengage the electricity to the garage door altogether.
Consider investing in an alarm system if you are truly concerned about safety, particularly if you live in a high-crime area or homes in your neighborhood have been recently victimized. Alarm systems range from simple beeping alarms to complex systems that alert the police department of an intruder. Keep in mind, however, that even with the relative safety of an alarm system, you still need to take standard, common-sense precautions for home safety.
Finally, make sure your homeowner’s or renters insurance is current and your home inventory is up-to-date and safely stored away. You’ll need these documents should the unthinkable happen. A good spot for an inventory sheet, as well as other valuable documents like wills and court papers, is a fire-proof safe (hide it well) or a plastic pouch in your freezer.
If You’re a Victim
There’s nothing more frightening than coming home from a wonderful vacation to discover someone has been in your house and stolen your things. Because burglars are rarely considerate, your house may have considerable damage to it as well as being empty of your possessions.
The first thing you need to do is call the police. Use the neighbor’s telephone if possible – you don’t want to take the chance that the burglar might still be in your home. Don’t move or touch anything until the police have had a chance to investigate and check for fingerprints or other clues.
After the police have taken a report and given you the okay to start picking up, contact your insurance company. They will ask you for a list of stolen things; locate your inventory sheet and start from there. Be as accurate as possible and be sure to account for any new items you may have acquired but not yet added to your inventory list.
Alert your neighbors of the break-in as soon as possible. They will want to be on the lookout and take safety precautions in case the offender takes a liking to your neighborhood.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a good security setup. All it takes a little bit of time and caution!
The LaSalle Police Service has Home Audit packages available for free, which may assist in targeting hardening your home. Pick one up and Stay Safe.
You cannot insure that you will never become a hate crime victim. No hate crime victim is to blame for the crime committed against him or her. Nevertheless, these few safety tips may be helpful:
Trick or Treaters
For further information, please contact Senior Constable Jamie Nestor, Police Community Liason Officer at 519-969-5210 ext 273.Close Article
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