Haldimand OPP Briefs
Cottage Heavily Damaged By Fire
SELKIRK—Haldimand OPP investigated a structure fire that occurred at a Melville Lane, Selkirk address.
On Friday, December 8 at 8:27 p.m. OPP and Haldimand County Fire Services responded to Melville Lane for a structure fire at a cottage. Witnesses reported there were no occupants inside and the structure was undergoing renovations.
Haldimand County Fire Services extinguished the fire and confirmed there were no occupants inside.
Haldimand County Fire Services determined the fire was not suspicious. The damage to the property is estimated at $100,000.
Stolen Vehicle Destroyed By Fire - Suspect Arrested
CALEDONIA—Haldimand OPP has charged an 18-year-old male with multiple criminal offences after investigating a motor vehicle theft from a Celtic Drive, Caledonia address.
On Saturday, December 9 at 9:50 p.m. OPP responded to Celtic Drive after a resident reported their white 2009 Chevrolet Silverado was stolen from their property.
A suspect was identified by a witness.
At 11 p.m., OPP responded to Stuart Street for a report of a vehicle fire.
A witness in this incident reported a male was seen running north bound on Stuart Street shortly after the fire had started. A description of the male suspect was provided.
The vehicle, which was confirmed to be the stolen Silverado, was destroyed by fire.
OPP investigation led officers to an address where the male suspect was located and arrested. While officers searched the male, more property was recovered.
OPP has charged an 18-year-old Brantford man with:
- Theft over $5,000
- Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
- Theft under $5,000
- Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
OPP Investigating Head On Collision - Three Taken To Hospital
69-year-old deceased female identified
SOUTH CAYUGA—Haldimand OPP investigated a motor vehicle collision after being called to a Rainham Road, South Cayuga address.
On Wednesday, December 6 at approximately 11:34 a.m. OPP along with Haldimand County Fire Services and paramedics responded to a collision involving a motor vehicle and a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).
Through the course of investigation, it has determined that a grey coloured motor vehicle, being operated by an 18-year-old male of Haldimand County, Ontario was travelling westbound on Rainham Road when the driver crossed over the centre line colliding head-on with a black coloured SUV that was travelling westbound. The driver of the SUV, a 63-year-old female and a 69-year-old female passenger, both of Haldimand County, Ontario were transported to a local area hospital to be treated for serious non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the motor vehicle was also transported by paramedics to a local area hospital to be treated for serious non-life-threatening injuries.
69-year-old Janet WEAVER of Haldimand County, Ontario was later pronounced deceased at the hospital by attending physicians.
The investigation is continuing and charges are pending.
Six-Week-Old Goat Stolen From Farm- OPP Investigating
HAGERSVILLE—Haldimand OPP investigated an incident after being called to a Townline Road, Hagersville address.
On Thursday, December 7 at approximately 10:39 a.m. police received a report of a theft.
Through the course of investigation, it was determined that on Friday, November 24 in the early morning hours, unknowns attended the address and gained entry into a barn located on the property. Once inside unknowns removed a six-week-old goat from an enclosure. There is no indication that another animal entered the barn and removed the animal.
The OPP are continuing to investigate this incident. If anyone has any information that can assist with this investigation, they are being asked to contact the Haldimand County OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122.
Haldimand County OPP Participating in Province-wide Lock It OR Lose It Campaign to Prevent Thefts of Vehicle and Valuables Left in Plain View This Holiday Season
HALDIMAND—The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Haldimand County Detachment is reminding motorists and passengers to Lock it OR Lose it when it comes to their vehicles and valuables as part of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police's (OACP) annual Lock It OR Lose It campaign (#LockItOrLoseIt).
Ontario police services are launching this year's Lock It or Lose Itcampaign during the holiday season because it's easy to be distracted and leave vehicles unlocked or valuables in plain sight during the holiday hustle-and-bustle. OPP will use Lock It or Lose It notices throughout the year as part of our on-going crime prevention efforts.
During the Lock It OR Lose It campaign, police officers, auxiliary officers, and crime prevention personnel examine parked vehicles to confirm they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. They place a small notice on vehicles checked indicating what safety precautions were neglected and offer simple prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft. The notices also congratulate drivers who have secured their vehicle.
According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, on average, a car is stolen every seven minutes in Canada.
While the rate of stolen vehicles has seen a significant drop during the past ten years, automobile thefts continue to cost Canadians close to $1 billion annually according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. This can be broken down to $542 million for insurers to fix or replace stolen vehicles, $250 million in police, health care and court system costs, and the rest for correctional services.
Motorists and passengers are also urged not to keep personal documents such as vehicle ownership, liability pink slips, credit card invoices, or other documents containing personal information in their vehicles. Identity thieves are looking for such documents so they can assume identities, secure credit card accounts, lease vehicles for export, and even take out a mortgage against victims' properties without their knowledge.
Don't Use 911 For Road Conditions Use 511 Instead
HALDIMAND—The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Haldimand County Detachment along with the West Region Communication Center would like to remind the motoring public not to call 9-1-1 for road and weather conditions.
Since the first snow fall in November the communication center operators have been receiving numerous calls from motorists and the general public making this inquiry. This takes away time and resources to the public that are in legitimate need of contacting police.
Instead we are asking that you use 5-1-1 for current up-to-date road and weather conditions on our highways. 5-1-1 is a service that the Ministry of Transportation provides the public with voice-activated, hands-free information on provincial highways. You can also access 5-1-1 services online at mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/trip/map.shtml
The OPP would like to remind motorist to check ahead before traveling for weather warnings. Adjust plans accordingly to road and weather conditions. Winter driving requires planning ahead, keeping a safer following distance and ensuring your vehicle is ready.