Police Chiefs Call On Ontario Government to Give Police Officers the
Tools to Reunite Property Crime Victims with Stolen Property
TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - Police leaders today launched the Ontario
Association of Chiefs of Police's (OACP) 2011 Crime Prevention Campaign
by calling on the Government of Ontario to provide police officers in
Ontario with the tools they need to reunite victims of break-and-enters
with their stolen property, which often winds up in pawn shops,
second-hand goods stores, and flea markets.
"Our police officers work closely with community groups and ordinary
citizens to combat property crimes," said Chief Matt Torigian (Waterloo
Regional Police Service), the OACP's First Vice-President. "When a
person's personal property or their business property is stolen, not
only do victims suffer a material loss, but many feel anger, fear,
guilt, anxiety and sadness at what is a very personal violation."
The OACP's 2011 Crime Prevention Campaign will provide all police
services across the province with public education materials which they
can use to educate individuals and businesses on ways to avoid being
victimized. The theme of this year's campaign is Break and Enter - It Shatters More than Glass.
Ontario's police leaders are renewing their call for the Ontario
Government to stand up for victims of crime and introduce new
legislation that would give police 21st century tools to investigate break-and-enters and reunite victims with
their property, which often winds up in pawn shops, second-hand goods
stores, and flea markets.
"We have been calling on successive provincial governments to update the
hopelessly outdated Pawnbrokers Act - a law that is a century old - so that our officers can do what law
abiding citizens want them to do: investigate crimes using modern
investigative tools, locate stolen property, and reunite victims with
their property," said Chief Torigian.
Chief Torigian stated that currently, property victims are victimized
twice - once by the actual crime and then by seeing police officers
have their hands tied when it comes to investigating property crimes
because officers do not have access to modern tools such as electronic
databases kept by businesses that deal in re-selling goods. The OACP
believes that police services need access to electronic databases in
order to locate stolen goods often disposed of in pawn shops,
second-hand goods stores, and flea markets far from where a property
The OACP's 2011 Crime Prevention Campaign will include an informative
booklet filled with crime prevention tips related to break-and-enters
and other property crimes, as well as identity theft, fraud, auto
theft, and an educational poster which will be used in community
outreach by police services throughout the Province of Ontario.
SOURCE Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police
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