Cobourg Police Service Bi-Weekly Update

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The Cobourg Police Service (CPS) bi-weekly update provides an overview of break and enters, theft from motor vehicles, mischief, and other crime trends in the Town of Cobourg over two
weeks.

In addition to the bi-weekly update, an operational report is provided to the Cobourg Police Services Board (CPSB) every month. The operational report offers a breakdown of calls for service, year to year comparable on crime trends, and highlights calls of interest. CPS operational reports can be found in the CPSB meeting minutes online through eScribe, the Town of Cobourg public meeting website.

Community members can access information about police activity in Cobourg through the crime mapping tool available at cobourgpoliceservice.com.

From February 27 to March 12, 2023, CPS responded to 453 calls for service.

• Break and enter: three (3) – William Street, King Street East, Division Street

• Theft from motor vehicle: one (1) – Munroe Street

• Distraction theft: None reported during this timeframe.

• Mischief: one (1) – Division Street

• Six (6) Fraud reports including: Kijiji fraud by false impersonation, Phishing email, Grandparent scams
(2), bitcoin scam, and fraudulent currency

• Other: Robberies: three (3) – Division Street, William Street, D’Arcy Street

Cobourg Police Service offers free Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) audits to residents and business owners in the Town of Cobourg. If you are interested in booking an audit, please email info@cobourgpolice.com. For tips on how to protect your home, visit cobourgpoliceservice.com/home-safety-tips.

Report non-emergency crimes such as theft, traffic complaints, damage to property, damage to vehicle and lost property online. Learn more or file a report at cobourgpoliceservice.com/online-reporting.

If you are in an emergency or witness a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Crime Prevention Tips – Frauds and Scams

In 2022, the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre received fraud reports totalling $530 million in victim losses.
Recognizing the tools fraudsters use can help protect you from scams.

Fraudsters may create a sense of urgency in emails, messages, or phone calls to trick victims into sending money, clicking on a link, or providing personal information. Fraudsters may also use technology as a tool, creating fake websites or telephone numbers.

Spot the signs of fraud. If you received a call, email, or message including any of the following, it may be a scam.

• An urgent action demand

• Poor grammar/spelling

• An unfamiliar greeting

• Requests for login credentials, payment information or sensitive data

• Offers that are too good to be true

Hang up, don’t click the link, or delete the message. Call someone you trust or the police for an opinion about the call, email, or message you just received.

If you fall victim to fraud or know someone who has, contact the police to report the crime and report it to the CAFC at 1-888-495-8501 or online on the Fraud Reporting System, even if a financial loss did not occur.

Please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) website for a list of known scams and to learn more about how to protect yourself.

Pete Fisher
Author: Pete Fisher

Has been a photojournalist for over 30-years and have been honoured to win numerous awards for photography and writing over the years. Best selling author for the book Highway of Heroes - True Patriot Love

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