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Grey County Detachment - Chatsworth
317057 Highway 6&10
Chatsworth ON  N0H 1G0
Business  519-794-7827 / 1-888-310-1122

Police Services Board Meetings for 2017
Please be advised that the Police Services Board meets on the third Thursday of every other month @ the Township Municipal Office. For the 2017 year, meetings will be held in February, April, June, August, October, and December.
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FROM: Highway Safety Division                                       
DATE: January 11, 2017

OPP FESTIVE RIDE CAMPAIGN ENDS WITH IMPAIRED DRIVING-RELATED DEATHS AND INJURIES  

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wrapped up its Festive Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) campaign on a sad note over the weekend, with a total of six people losing their lives in impaired driving-related incidents over the seven-week period.  

While all data is preliminary, five of the deaths involved a motor vehicle collision, with the sixth being off-road vehicle-related.    

Over and above these tragic, preventable deaths, many innocent road users were injured in some 270 OPP-investigated collisions during the campaign, in which an impaired driver was a factor.        

OPP officers conducted more than 7,340 RIDE Stop initiatives throughout the province, charging 610 drivers with impaired driving between November 21, 2016 and January 7, 2017. 

OPP Drug Recognition Evaluators (DRE) also took part, laying drug-impaired driving charges to 22 of the 610 charged drivers. Through the OPP Drug Evaluation and Classification Program, DREs have the tools and expertise they need to test for and detect drug impairment in drivers.   

During the campaign, an additional 388 drivers were issued Warn Range Suspensions for driving with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) between .05 and .08 – a BAC range that also impairs one’s ability to drive safely and poses a danger to other road users.   

Locally, Grey County OPP conducted 122 RIDE Stop initiatives during the Festive RIDE campaign.  As a result, 19 drivers were charged with impaired driving -related offences and three drivers were issued Warn Range Suspensions for driving with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) between .05 and .08.

Heading into the new year, the OPP is reminding Ontarians that they all have a role to play in ending impaired driving-related deaths.  Make a commitment to never drive after consuming alcohol or drugs.  If you suspect that someone is driving while impaired, call 9-1-1 to report them to police. In doing so, you could be saving lives.

Contacts by Region:

Highway Safety Division:     Sgt. Kerry Schmidt                           Phone: (416) 460-4701

Central Region:                     A/Sgt. Mark Kinney                           Phone: (519) 330-3738

East Region:                          A/Sgt. Angie Atkinson                      Phone: (613) 285-2750

Northwest Region:                Sgt. Shelley Garr                               Phone: (807) 473-2734

North East Region:               Sgt. Carolle Dionne                           Phone: (705) 845-2738

West Region:                        Sgt. Dave Rektor                                Phone: (519) 652-4156
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FROM/DE: Grey County OPP                                                   
DATE: November 24, 2016

“DRIVING VIOLATION TICKET” SCAM

(CHATSWORTH, ON) – Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is warning residents to beware of a “Driving Violation Ticket” scam that has surfaced in the area.

On November 23, 2016, three separate, potential victims in Grey County received an email advising them that they have been issued a “speed violation for negligent driving”.  In each case the “amount due” was different; $49.95, $243.25 and $689.04 respectively.

Anyone who receives this type of email should delete it immediately!

Below is an example of one of the emails….don’t get scammed!  Recognize it! Reject it!  Report it!

From: Epifania Langenbach <starlinglr0f53e@outlook.com>
Date: November 23, 2016 at 8:25:35 AM EST
Subject: RE:Notification 664065807
You’ve been registered with a speed violation:

Type: negligent driving

Infringement No: 653607781

Date of issue: 01/11/2016

Amount due: 243.25 CAD

This fine will be forwarded by mail to your address. However you can screen it now, please click here  Photo Proof - 838148970

The fine shall be accredited within the statutory period of up to 25.11.2016. This is an automatically generated message, please do not reply.

For more information on Frauds, visit:  www.antifraudcentre.ca or www.competitionbureau.gc.ca.

Contact:
Alina Grelik
Media Relations/Community Safety Officer
alina.grelik@opp.ca
519-794-7827
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FROM/DE:    Grey County OPP                           

DATE: November 14, 2016

HOLIDAY CRIME PREVENTION TIPS FOR BUSINESSES

(CHATSWORTH, ON) – Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) remind  businesses to exercise caution, especially this time of year with the increase of holiday spending, through reinforcement and review of crime prevention measures.

Tips:

-  Ensure that all staff review current internal crime prevention policies and are
   aware of their surroundings. This includes recognizing the behaviours of clients; it can
   go a long way toward preventing a crime from occurring.

-  Make certain that time deposit safes are in place and locked.

-  Video surveillance measures are in place and properly adjusted to assist with the
   identification of persons should a crime occur.

-  In order to minimize any potential financial losses, managers should see that minimal
   amounts of cash are available at any given time.

-  Routines with respect to the handling of cash should be avoided. Staff responsible for
   the transition of money to a financial institution should do it in the company of
   another employee - at varying times; making it difficult for a would-be thief to
   predict an opportunity.

Police encourage business owners and employees to contact police, immediately, to report any suspicious activity/persons observed in or around their business.

A free “OPP Robbery Prevention Kit” is available at the Chatsworth OPP Detachment during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Contact:  
Alina Grelik
Media Relations/Community Safety Officer
alina.grelik@opp.ca
Phone:     519-794-7827   
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FROM/DE:    Corporate Communications                
DATE: October 21, 2016

VIRUSES, WORMS AND TROJANS – OH MY!

Attachments Contain Threats to Personal and Business Data Systems

(ORILLIA, ON) – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) warn of the dangers presented by emails and certain attachments as part of its ongoing Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign.

Reading the contents of an email should be safe if you have the latest security patches, but email attachments can be harmful. Email phishing scams can trick you into opening attachments or giving up personal information. They appear to be emails from people, organizations or companies you know or trust, but they're often the gateway to identity theft by automatically installing malware, viruses, worms, and trojans. In some instances, email attachments are disguised as letters of reference, resumes or information requests can infiltrate and affect businesses that are involved in legitimate hiring processes. Also known as “spearphishing campaigns”, high-value corporate and governments have been targeted through email attachments to take advantage of previously-unknown security vulnerabilities.

Many email servers will perform virus scanning and remove potentially dangerous attachments, but you can’t rely on this. The easiest way to identify whether a file is dangerous is by its file extension, which tells you the type of file it is. For example, a file with the “.exe” file extension is a Windows program and should not be opened. Many email services will block such attachments. Other file extensions that can run potentially harmful code include “.msi”, “.bat”, “.com”, “.cmd”, “.hta”, “.scr”, “.pif”, “.reg”, “.js”, “.vbs”, “.wsf”, “.cpl”, “.jar” and more.

In general, you should only open files with commonly-used attachments that you know are safe. For example, “.jpg” and “.png” are image files and should be safe. Document files extensions such as “.pdf”, “.docx”, “.xlsx”, and “.pptx” and should also be safe — although it’s important to have the latest security patches so malicious types of these files can’t infect systems via security holes in Adobe Reader or Microsoft Office.

If you or a business suspects they’ve been a victim of ‘spearfishing’, contact your local police service, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, report it to the OPP online at http://www.opp.ca/index.php?id=132 or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) at https://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm

For helpful tips and links during Cyber Security Awareness Month, follow the OPP on Twitter (@OPP_News), Facebook and Instagram and using the hashtags #CyberSecurity, #CyberAware and #OPPTips.

QUOTES

“Insecure, infected or unencrypted email attachments can risk injecting a number of information and data security threats to your home or workplace environments. Your personal information and business systems need to be safeguarded and it starts right at your inbox.”

–Deputy Commissioner Rick BARNUM, OPP Investigations and Organized Crime

“When it comes to email attachments, you should exercise extreme caution and assume the worst. Don’t actually download or run an attachment unless you have a good reason to do so. If you’re not expecting an attachment, treat it with healthy suspicion.”

– Supt. Paul BEESLEY, Director – OPP Behavioural, Forensic and Electronic Services

LEARN MORE

Email Risks (courtesy of Public Safety Canada)

Spearphishing: The Risk to Corporate Canada (courtesy of Public Safety Canada)

Get Cyber Safe Guide for Small and Medium Businesses (courtesy of Public Safety Canada)

Get Cyber Safe is a national, multi-jurisdiction, public awareness campaign created to educate Canadians about Internet security and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves online. Visit http://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/

MEDIA NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of topic-specific OPP media releases to enhance community safety and awareness as part of international Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Media Contact:               
Sgt. Peter LEON
Provincial Media Coordinator
Phone: 705-329-6878
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FROM/DE:    Corporate Communications         
DATE: October 17, 2016

PHISHING AND RANSOMWARE POSE SERIOUS SECURITY THREATS

International Cyber Security Awareness Month Continues

(ORILLIA, ON) – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) remind everyone to be aware of the email scams criminals use to commit identity theft and other crimes.

Phishing is any e-mail falsely claiming to be from an established legitimate organization such as a financial institution, business or government agency.  The e-mail may request or direct the consumer to visit a certain website to update or provide personal and/or financial information and passwords. It is really a malicious attempt to collect customer information for the purpose of committing fraud. Ransomware produces what has been called a “Police Trojan” or “scareware” because a notice pops up that appears to come from a law enforcement agency. The message is a false accusation of illegal online activities and then demands that the consumer needs to pay a fee via money transfer or credit card to unlock the computer. When the victim submits their payment details, the criminals then steal and use the victim’s personal information.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) received 5,179 ‘phishing’ complaints in 2015, identified 1,704 people as victims who lost more than $508,000. In 2015, the CAFC received 295 complaints from Canadian consumers who received a ransomware pop‐up message. Of those, 135 victims were identified as having lost a total of more than $47,000.00 – roughly $348 per victim.

To recognize and avoid phishing:

  • Protect your computer with anti-virus software, spyware filters, email filters and firewall programs.
  • Contact the named financial institution immediately and report your suspicions.
  • Do not reply to any email that requests your personal information.
  • Look for misspelled words.
  • Always report phishing or 'spoofed' emails.

Signs that you may have encountered ransomware

  • A pop‐up message or banner with a ransom request.
  • A user cannot usually access anything on the computer beyond the screen.
  • Sending money outside of the traditional or mainstream banking system.
  • Sending money to “unlock” a computer.

Tips to protect yourself from ransomware:

  • Never click on a pop-up that claims your computer has a virus.
  • Update your anti-virus software often and scan your computer for viruses regularly.
  • Don’t click on links or attachments in e-mails sent to you by someone you don’t know.
  • Turn on your browser’s pop-up blocking feature.
  • Never download anti-virus software from a pop-up or link sent to you in an e-mail.

During October’s Cyber Safety Awareness Month, the OPP, other police services and international partners are promoting public awareness to help prevent all Canadians from becoming victims. If you suspect you’ve been a victim of phishing or ransomware, contact your local police service or the official entity that the ransomware appears to be from, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, report it to the OPP online at http://www.opp.ca/index.php?id=132 or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) at https://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm

For helpful tips and links, follow the OPP on Twitter (@OPP_News), Facebook and Instagram and using the hashtags #CyberSecurity, #CyberAware and #OPPTips.

FAST FACTS (Courtesy: Get Cyber Safe)

  • 156-million phishing emails are sent every day.
  • 16-million make it through filters.
  • 8-million are opened.
  • 800,000 links are clicked.
  • 80,000 people fall for a scam every day and share their personal information, thereby creating 30-million potential victims every year.

QUOTES

“Ransomware and phishing emails seek to elicit personal information and data needed to fuel further criminal activities.  Together, we need to do all we can to convince victims to report phishing emails and ransomware incidents, which can reduce harm and victimization.”

– Deputy Commissioner Rick BARNUM, OPP Investigations and Organized Crime

“Criminal organizations relentlessly work to find any way possible as often as possible to come between people and their money. Your best defence against becoming a victim is to use common sense and steer clear of suspicious emails and shady websites.”

– Detective Inspector Mike BICKERTON, OPP Anti-Rackets Branch.

LEARN MORE

Cyber Security Awareness Month – an internationally-recognized campaign held each October to inform the public of the importance of cyber security.

Get Cyber Safe is a national, multi-jurisdiction, public awareness campaign created to educate Canadians about Internet security and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves online. Visit http://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/

MEDIA NOTE: This is the third in a series of topic-specific OPP media releases to enhance community safety and awareness as part of Cyber Security Awareness Month.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sgt. Peter LEON
Provincial Media Coordinator
PHONE: 705-329-6878