March 12th, 2018 - The St. Thomas Police Service is supporting the Ontario Association
of Chiefs of Police's (OACP) 2018 Crime Prevention Campaign (#CrimePreventionONT).
Police Urge Ontarians to "Know Your Source"
St. Thomas, ON. - The St. Thomas Police Service is supporting the Ontario Association
of Chiefs of Police's (OACP) 2018 Crime Prevention campaign (#CrimePreventionONT).
The goal of this year's campaign is to encourage Ontarians to "Know Your Source"
when making on-line or mail order purchases, purchasing products from private individuals,
and being aware of growing sophisticated fraud and cybercrime-related crimes. The
campaign also highlights the need for knowing your source for when cannabis is legalized
later this summer. The OACP has supported the Government of Ontario's efforts to
strictly regulate where individuals can purchase cannabis once it is legalized.
"With the increasing popularity of on-line shopping, the prevalence of frauds and
scams that prey on vulnerable individuals, and the coming legalization of cannabis,
we all have to be vigilant. This year's OACP Province-wide campaign asks each of
us to be informed and careful about the sources of the products and services we
purchase," said Cst. Travis Sandham. "The single most cost-effective way of bringing
about community safety and well-being is preventing crime before it happens and
that starts with each of us as individuals doing our part."
The new Know Your Source booklet includes information on:
- Tips for Reducing the Risk of Victimization
- Protecting Yourself From Online Fraud
- Avoiding Tax Scams
- The Facts About Lottery Scams
- Facing the Opioid Crisis
- Campus Community Safety
- Stopping Auto Thefts
- Preventing Break-ins
- Risks Associated with Illegal Cannabis
The 2018 OACP Crime Prevention Campaign is supported by the following community
partners: Accident Support Services International Ltd., Canada Revenue Agency, Canadian
Security Association (CANASA), Green Relief Inc., Humber Institute of Technology
& Advanced Learning – School of Social & Community Services, Hydro One Networks,
Interac Corp., Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., and The Bullet ID Corporation
Know Your Source Facts
- Fraud is a crime that threatens every Canadian, regardless of their education, age
or income. From January 2014 to December 2016, it is estimated that Canadians lost
over $290 million to fraudsters, with seniors aged 60 to 79 estimated to have lost
almost $28 million to various scams.
- In 2013 (the most recent data available from Statistics Canada), more than half
of all cybercrime reported was described as a fraud violation, with 6,203 offenses
out of a total of 11,124 offenses across all categories.
- Depending on the price point for the legal, government-controlled retailing of cannabis,
there will likely always be an illegal market for this substance even after legalization.