The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police have launched a crime prevention awareness campaign launched this year, and they are encouraging you to report all crime, no matter how petty the incident may seem at the time.
Windsor police recorded 8,600 incidents of property crime last year, which makes up nearly half of the 17,200 criminal code violations they investigated during that period.
On average, police responded to one property crime every hour in 2014.
Property crimes include arson, break and enter, theft, mischief and fraud.
Windsor police statistics show 2,950 property crimes of thefts under $5,000 recorded in 2014, plus another 1,660 incidents of theft from a vehicle under $5,000.
Combined, the 4,610 charges make up more than half of the property crimes reported last year. Even with these numbers, many property crimes go unreported, police said.
People often in general don’t to be a burden or nuisance to already busy police officers by reporting a garage break-in or the theft of an inexpensive bike. But police crime analysts need every bit of information, if they’re going to identify crime trends and effectively target criminals.
Residents in Windsor and around Ontario are also asked to be vigilant in order to prevent crime in their communities. From suspicious activity or unusual noises at a neighbour’s home to unknown vehicles or strangers lurking on your street, police say too many warning signs are ignored.
Police say you should give them a call. They’ll find out if those concerns are legitimate.
They also suggested getting involved in your neighbourhood. Getting to know your neighbours and their patterns will all help detect unusual activity.
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