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Important Information

Hunting/Discharging of Firearms

Hunting / Discharging of Firearms in the Town of LaSalle

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. 273

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Marijuana Home Grow Operation

DO YOU KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS?

WHAT IS A MARIJUANA HOME GROW OPERATION?

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!!!!

WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF A MARIJUANA GROW OP?

There are many dangers associated with Marijuana Grow Houses, and problems that can result from having one in your neighbourhood. These include:

  • POISONOUS FUMES
  • FIRES
  • ELECTROCUTION
  • VIOLENCE
  • INCREASED CRIME
  • BOOBY TRAPS
  • POWER OUTAGES
  • STRUCTURAL DAMAGE
  • ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE
  • HAZARD TO CHILDREN

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF A MARIJUANA GROW OP?

  • Residents rarely appear to be at home, and attend the house for brief periods of time (such as a few hours) before leaving. Despite this, radios or televisions may be left on all night, making it sound as if someone is there.
  • Visitors behave strangely or visit at odd hours and entry is often made through the garage or side/back entrance.
  • New vents suddenly added to roof or side of the house.
  • Windows are boarded or covered up, preventing light from entering the house and concealing activities inside. Bright lights may be seen escaping from windows, and the windows may have a layer of condensation on them. Even though the windows are always closed, air conditioners never run.
  • Equipment used in the growing operation (such as large fans, lights, plastic plant containers and other items) are carried into the home.
  • Sounds of construction or electrical humming from equipment may be heard -Hydro meters are tampered with, and there are signs of digging or disturbance around the outside hydro box. There may be localized surges and decreases in power.
  • Marijuana growing in the house will produce a strong, skunk-like odour that you may be able to smell from outside the house.
  • Exterior appearance of the property is untidy. There is little outside maintenance done (unshovelled snow, uncut grass, etc.). Flyers and junk mail pile up in the mailbox or on the porch.
  • Warning signs are posted in windows or around the outside of the house. These may warn people to "Beware of Dog" or that "Guard Dogs" are on the property.
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Police Complaints - OIPRD

Police Complaints - OIPRD

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 updates

https://www.oiprd.on.ca/CMS/Home.aspx

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All Terrrain Vehicle Information

All Terrain Vehicle Information

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.

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Trespass To property

Trespass To Property

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
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EBikes, Mopeds, Scooters

EBikes, Scooters, Mopeds

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.

EBikes

• 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.

For further information click here

www.mto.ca

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Child Safety Tips

Child Safety Tips

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:

  • Call police IMMEDIATELY
  • Stay Calm
  • Call family, friends, neighbours, schools and other relatives.
  • Search the neighbourhood or places your child may go
  • Make sure while your are searching that someone is at your residence to receive any calls or if your child returns home.

Tips For parents:

  • Teach kids their full name, address, phone number and how to dial 911.
  • Insist they hold a supervising adults hand when in congested public places (ie: shopping malls)
  • Encourage the "buddy system" or travel in groups, regardless of age.
  • Tells kids to check with you before accepting a ride, gift, or candy from anyone.
  • Have a family secret code word.
  • Talk to the school and your children regarding who can pick them up after school using the family code word (ie: coconut)
  • Parents should contact the school if someone other then an appointed person is picking up their child and update that list throughout the school year if unnecessary.
  • Tell kids it's OK to say No!
  • Tell kids if someone grabs them to scream, squirm, kick or bite.
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Information on Traffic Circles

Information on Traffic Circles

Visit Transport Canada website for a list of the rules governing roundabouts:

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/tp-tp14787-menu-179.htm

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Fraud/Cyber Fraud

Fraud/Cyber Fraud

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:

  • You have won an overseas lottery and need to send information and sometimes even money to obtain your prize.
  • An individual is leaving a war-torn or third world nation and have millions of dollars they are trying to bring with them. They ask for your banking information to wire the money to and promise you a large cash payout for helping them.
  • A person contacts you after reading a for sale add on a website and offers to buy your item. They will tell you they are from over seas and could only obtain a money order or certified cheque for a sum much higher than your asking price. You will be asked to cash the money order and send them the difference and the item you are selling.

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.

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Crime proofing Your Home/Bus.

Crime Proofing Your Home/Business

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Seasonal Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

  • Please welcome all trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and exterior lights on.
  • Set a time limit for children to “trick-or-treat” and designate a specific route for them to take.
  • Patrol your street occasionally to discourage acts of malicious, mischief and crimes against children.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your LaSalle Police Service immediately by calling 911.
  • If you suspect any tainted candy, please call 519-969-5210 and press “O” for the Dispatch operator.
  • Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the alert for excited youngsters whose vision may be obscured by masks and those who dart out into traffic.

CHILDREN

  • Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least 2 buddies with you. An adult should always accompany any young children.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Do not accept rides from strangers.
  • Do not take short cuts through backyards, alleys or parks.
  • Do not go inside anyone’s home.
  • Do not eat treats until your parents have checked them.
  • Throw away any unwrapped or homemade treats.
  • Cross only at street corners, never between parked cars.
  • Look in all directions before crossing the street and obey traffic signals.
  • Walk, never run across the street, use sidewalks.
  • Wear face makeup instead of masks.
  • Don’t wear costumes that are difficult to walk in or see out of.
  • Use reflective strips on your costumes.
  • Wear comfortable and safe shoes.
  • Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know

Winter Driving Be Prepared, Be Safe!

Ontario winters are challenging for motorists. Safety is the top priority of the LaSalle Police Service. With winter fast approaching. The LaSalle Police Service is issuing an important reminder that driving conditions could rapidly and unexpectedly change, creating dangerous hazards and challenges for drivers.

Environment Canada is predicting a snowy and cold winter. This is the ideal time to prepare yourself and your vehicle(s) for the up coming winter weather.

Preparing for Driving in Winter

  • Stay alert. Always drive defensively.
  • Slow down - Drive according to road conditions NOT according to posted speed signs.
  • Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to avoid situations where you might have to brake suddenly on slippery road surfaces. Remember a safe stopping distance will be much greater in the winter than in the summer.
  • Have an ice scraper or snow brush in your vehicle to clear the snow and ice from all windows, mirrors, lights and roof (also wait for the fog to clear from the interior of the windows so you have good all round visibility). Failing to clear the snow, ice or fog from the windows / windshield may result in a charge of: Window / Windshield obstructed, section 73(1)(a) of the Highway Traffic Act / $110.00 / No points).
  • Be aware of "Black Ice".
  • Check local weather and road conditions prior to leaving. Allow yourself extra time for travel.
  • Whenever visibility is poor, turn on the vehicle's full lighting system.
  • Stay well back to help snowplows do their job. NEVER pass a snowplow.

Before Heading Out

  • Dress for the weather conditions.
  • Bring a fully charged cell phone.
  • Travelling long distances, plan your route. Let family and friends know which route your taking and your expected time of arrival. 3. Check weather and road conditions prior to leaving. Allow yourself extra time for travel or wait until conditions improve.
  • If you experience car trouble. Pull well off the roadway and STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE, activate the vehicle's 4-way emergency lights.
  • Know where you are (if you require help in an emergency, you need to know your location when asked).
  • Place extra blankets in the vehicle.
  • Check the Ministry of Transportation website prior to heading out on any trip during the winter. Do not call 911 or The LaSalle Police Service for road reports. Instead, visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/conditions/ or call 1-800-268-4686.

Getting Your Vehicle Ready:

  • Schedule a "Winter Maintenance Check-up" for your vehicle(s).
  • Have your tires checked or replaced before winter begins(consider installing winter tires which provide greater control and stability).
  • Remember to check tire air pressure frequently, as it decreases in cold weather.
  • Top up your windshield washer reservoir and keep an extra container in your vehicle.
  • Keep your fuel tank at least half full so that you don't run out of gas if stranded, and to prevent condensation in your fuel tank.
  • Keep a fully-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle.
  • Have access to a lock deicer. Do not pour hot / warm water into your locks.

Ontario's winters can make for some of the most challenging winter driving in Canada. The LaSalle Police Service is reminding citizens that these important safety tips will go a long way in ensuring that you make it through the winter safely.

For further information please attend the LaSalle Police Station and obtain the Winter Driving brochure.

Trail Safety

Mike Foreman

Submitted by Sr. Const. Mike Foreman - Community Liaison Officer

The LaSalle Police Service encourages all LaSalle residents to utilize our extensive trail system. We do encourage safe and courteous use with the following safety tips:

Walking:

  • Be alert and aware at all times of your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Avoid walking alone at night unless absolutely necessary Carry a fully charged cell phone.
  • Make eye contact with other people, If a stranger approaches you on the trail system and begins to harass you, do not respond to them- instead continue walking.
  • Avoid potentially dangerous situations. If you feel threatened or harassed utilize your cell phone and leave the trail system for populated areas.
  • Vary your daily routine
  • Carry a whistle.
  • Wear visible clothing; A safety vest purchased at a local hardware store can increase your visibility dramatically and prove useful when walking at night.

Crime Prevention Fact Sheet

The following tips and reminders are aimed at heightening awareness about what you can do to help reduce the risks to you , your family and your home.

Protecting Yourself

  • Do Not leave keys hidden in obvious places outside.
  • When in public, always be aware of your surroundings. Be mindful of people loitering or acting suspiciously.
  • If you live alone, use only first initials with surname on mailboxes, directories, etc.
  • Arrange a system so that someone has a key to your home and is aware of your whereabouts at all times especially if you live alone.

Protecting Your Children

Remind Your Children:

  • To tell you where they area at all times. Tell them, their schools, their day-care provider, etc. where to reach you in case of emergency.
  • To go directly to a cashier or information booth if they become separated from you in a public area.
  • If they are home alone, not to answer the door, or if on the phone, not to say they are alone.

Protecting your Home and Vehicle

  • Keep a lived-in look when you are away. Have mail , newspapers , etc., picked up lawns and cut snow removed.
  • Insure your home and contents, and store valuables in a safety deposit box.
  • Install smoke alarms and test monthly. Plan and practice an escape route with all household members.
  • Don't put your name or address on your house keys, and keep them on separate rings.
  • Always check the interior and under the vehicle before entering , especially at night.
  • If your are going to be away overnight or for extended periods of time, use automatic timers to turn on lights and to go off in various parts of the house at night.

For more information contact: Senior Constable Jamie Nestor by phone: 519-969-5210 ext 273 or e-mail mforeman@police.lasalle.on.ca

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Crime Prevention Tips

Crime Prevention Tips

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 Kevin Beaudoin and his duties include but are not limited to:

  • Manage community service projects, i.e.: Seniors Safety seminars regarding fraud, identity theft, Liaison with LaSalle Block Parent, LaSalle Road Watch and Neighbourhood Watch, MADD;
  • Liaison for the LaSalle Community Police Advisory Committee (CPAC);
  • Instruct and ensure delivery of the Values, Influences and Peers (V.I.P.) programs within all LaSalle elementary schools;
  • Conduct business information seminars;
  • Supervise and train Adult Crossing Guards; Deliver training for the School Safety Patrol programs; Secondary School and Elementary School educator and liaison facilitator;
  • Conducts and coordinates community awareness programs such as Child Seat Inspection clinics and the annual seat belt program;
  • Coordinates Bicycle Rodeos, guest lectures upon request, and facilitates Community fundraising programs dealing with crime prevention.

Sexual Abuse Safety Tips

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.

Internet Luring Safety Tips

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:

  • Children ages 9 and under shouldn't be allowed to surf the Web alone. They need to be closely supervised; If your adolescent child sees sexually explicit images, stay calm. Kids are resilient, even when it comes to fleeting exposure to images that you might find disturbing. They want information and reassurances. Don't launch into crisis mode. If you blow up, they'll get scared and they will never tell you if it happens again;
  • Praise your child for showing you or telling you about what they've seen on line. Say, "I'm really glad you showed me." Ask them what they think happened and let their questions guide your responses;
  • Explain that the porn site is just for adults, not kids. Remind them that they can always talk to you if they see anything disturbing again;
  • Set clear rules about using the Internet alone. Tell your kids you want to know where they're going and what they'll do once they arrive;
  • Ask questions. If your adolescent son or daughter disappears into the bedroom for three hours, find out what's been going on. If they don't volunteer the information, you can use your browser's history file to find out where they've been;
  • Be proactive. Adolescent kids are bound to explore their interests - a taboo topic like sex - on the Internet. Make sure they know they can always come to you with questions;
  • Make sure they don't turn to chat rooms for a sympathetic ear. That leaves the door open for pedophiles who are looking for any opportunity to establish a rapport with their young victims. Suggest the names of responsible adults they can confide in when they're upset with you.

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.

Domestic Violence Safety Tips

  • During an argument, or if you feel tension building, avoid areas in your home where weapons might be available – the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or workshops;
  • If there are weapons in your household such as firearms – lock them up;
  • Know where there is a safe exit from your home – a window, elevator or stairwell;
  • Discuss the situation with a trusted neighbor if you can. Ask them to call 911 if they hear a disturbance. Find a code word to use with them if you need the police;
  • Always keep a packed bag ready; Know where you would go to be safe if you have to leave, even if you don't really think you need to.

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.

Burglar-proofing Homes

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.

At Home

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.

Hate Crimes Safety Tips

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:

  • Trust your gut! If you feel threatened or unsafe, trust your instincts and remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible;
  • Letting someone you do not know into your home or apartment makes you vulnerable to robbery and assault. If you leave a bar with someone you have just met, introduce him or her to a friend or bartender. Let other people know that you are leaving together. Ask for your date’s first name and phone number, where they work and live, what they like and do not like. Ask around if anyone knows the person;
  • Mix your own drinks/don’t leave drinks unattended: getting you drunk or drugging you is an easy way for someone to cloud your judgment;
  • If you would like more information about Hate Crimes Safety Tips for you and your children please call any one of the local Community Service Providers or Community Partners; Block Parents:
  • Block Parents are responsible adults who care sufficiently about the well-being of children and others to volunteer their homes as a temporary refuge in an emergency. All Block Parents are screened by the police and are given instructions on the program by local volunteers;
  • V.I.P. Program: Values-Influences-Peers program assists in the development of confidence and sense of self-worth in our youth. This program is offered to the grade six classes at all schools within our community;
  • The program rationalizes that individuals who feel good about themselves and who have a positive sense of their own identity are more likely to interact with others in a positive way. The expectation is that students will respect the values and laws of their society;
  • High School Liaison/Facilitator was developed in partnership with the area secondary school principals, where the police service through a liaison officer would act as a resource person to the students, staff and parents;
  • The liaison officer is available during both junior and senior lunch periods so that students have a better opportunity to visit, with the expectation of students developing a rapport and trust with the officer.

Halloween Safety Tips

Trick or Treaters

  • Carry a flashlight;
  • Walk, don't run;
  • Stay on the Sidewalks (If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic;
  • Obey all traffic signals;
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods;
  • Don’t cut across yards or driveways;
  • Wear a watch that you can read in the dark;
  • Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground; Shoes should fit (even if they don't go with your costume);
  • Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house;
  • Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props;
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape;
  • Approach only houses that have lighting on;
  • Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know.

Parents

  • Ensure your child has a meal before setting out;
  • Children should carry quarters so they can call home;
  • An adult should accompany young children of any age;
  • If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark;
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material;
  • Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home;
  • Know the exact neighbourhoods they are going to;
  • Although tampering is rare, advise children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything;
  • Examine the wrapping carefully and if anything looks suspicious call the LaSalle Police Service 969-5210 ext. 0.

Homeowners

  • Ensure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flowerpots that can trip the young ones;
  • Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them away to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater;
  • Battery powered Jack O'Lantern candles are preferable to a real flame;
  • If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing;
  • Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into a flaming candle;
  • Give away healthy food or non-food treats such as plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers and coins.

For further information, please contact Senior Constable Jamie Nestor, Police Community Liason Officer at 519-969-5210 ext 273.

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