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Weekly Media Release Dec 7-13, 2015Warning - this news article expired on 2016-01-29. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

From the 7th of December 2015 through the 13th of December 2015, the Cobourg Police Service responded to 110 occurrences including: 7 Motor Vehicle Collisions, 10 Theft calls, 5 Alarm calls, 2 Mischief calls, 6 Domestic/Family Disputes, 2 Harassment calls, and 2 Assaults. Here are some examples of calls for service for the week:

December 7:

  • Police intervened in a family dispute within a private residence.  An adult female and her adult brother were counselled by officers with no charges resulting;
  • Police investigated a single motor vehicle accident on Stanton Road involving minor injuries to the driver of the vehicle;
  • Police investigated a theft of a Canadian flag from a private residence on Spencer Street West.

December 8:

  • Police investigated a mischief involving a motor vehicle that was “keyed” while parked in the driveway of a private residence;
  • Police responded to a domestic dispute in a private residence.  An adult male and an adult female were counselled by officer with no charges resulting;
  • Police responded to a report of a an adult female who had been caught shoplifting by staff at a local business.

December 9:

  • Police investigated a theft at a local high school after property was stolen from an unlocked vehicle.  Police are reminding the public to keep your vehicle locked at all times and not to keep anything of value inside.
  • Police investigated a motor vehicle accident on private property on William Street in which the damage was under $2000.
  • Police investigated a phone fraud in which the victim was defrauded out of $3900 after being requested to send money electronically in order to get a family member out of jail.  If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of a scam, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at www.antifraudcentre.ca;

December 10:

  • Police investigated a mischief in which dog feces was smeared over a vehicle at a private residence.
  • A 27 year old male was charged with follow to closely under the Highway Traffic Act after a motor vehicle collision on William Street.
  • A 58 year old male was arrested and charged with public intoxication under the Liquor Licence Act after being located outside a local restaurant.

December 11:

  • Police investigated a phone fraud in which the victim was defrauded out of $8000 after being requested to send money electronically in order to claim a large inheritance from England.  If you think someone you know has been a victim of a scam, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at www.antifraudcentre.ca;
  • Police investigated a mischief at a private residence in which rocks were thrown at a vehicle causing damage to the windshield.
  • A 66 year old driver was charged with Turn Not in Safety under the Highway Traffic Act after a motor vehicle collision on Strathy Road.  No serious injuries occurred as a result of the collision.

December 12:

  • A 29 year old male was arrested and charged with being intoxicated in a public place under the Liquor Licence Act after being located on D’Arcy Street.
  • Police responded to a domestic dispute in a private residence.  An adult male and an adult female were counselled by officer with no charges resulting;
  • A 52 year old male was arrested and charged with being intoxicated in a public place under the Liquor Licence Act after being located on James Street East.

December 13:

  • A 58 year old male was charged with having open liquor in an open container under the Liquor Licence Act after being located in the downtown area.
  • Police investigated a theft of Christmas lights from the lawn of a private residence on Sutherland Crescent.
  • Police intervened in a family dispute within a private residence.  An adult male and his grandparents were counselled by officers with no charges resulting.

For many people, the holidays see an increase in shopping and socializing.  The Cobourg Police Service is offering the following tips to help get you through the holidays safely.

Online Shopping – It’s wise to do some research on a website before you purchase something and hand over your credit card information.  Log directly on to the company website yourself, do not enter through an emailed link.  Check with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at www.antifraudcentre.ca, to see if they have any complaints about the company.  Look for a padlock icon in the upper right corner of any page asking for your credit card information to indicate it is secure.

Shopping in Person – Try not to take your eyes off your debit or credit card when someone else is handling it.  Make sure that employees only swipe or insert your card once.  Keep watch of your personal belong at all times.  Do not leave any personal property unattended.  If you must store your purchases in your vehicle, make sure they’re in the trunk and that your vehicle is securely locked.  Park somewhere well lit and don’t leave valuables where they can be seen to reduce the risk of theft.