Arrest Made in Halton Hills Theft of Mail & Identity Fraud
The Halton Regional Police Fraud Unit recently entered into an investigation involving fraudulently obtained credit cards and mail theft.
The investigation focused on fraudulent “true name” credit card applications being completed on-line and unbeknownst to those victims who had their identity compromised. Once approved, the credit cards were mailed to the victim’s address on file where fraudsters laid in wait, intercepting the cards moments after being delivered. Once in possession of the credit cards, the fraudsters would immediately rack up thousands of dollars in unauthorized credit.
A male suspect was identified as being involved in several mail theft occurrences in the Georgetown and Acton areas, specifically targeting rural properties with roadside mailboxes. Regional Fraud investigators, in conjunction with 1 and 2 District Criminal Investigation Bureau members, arrested the male after conducting several acts of mail theft in the Halton Hills area. Further investigation resulted in a search warrant being conducted at a Toronto address where the accused was found to be in possession of a vast quantity of fraudulent identification, credit cards and stolen cheques. The investigation is continuing.
Charged with numerous fraud-related offences including Identity Fraud, Unauthorized Possession of Credit Card Data and Theft from Mail is 46 year old Suru JOHNSON of Toronto.
The Halton Regional Police Service would like to remind residents to always be cautious before releasing any personal information via phone, internet or in person.
Other methods that can be taken to avoid being a victim of identity theft include:
- Using a locking mailbox
- Using a shredder before throwing out documents containing personal information
- Don’t leave items in your vehicle that contain personal information (purse, wallet, computers, cell phones)
- Set up on-line access to your bank and credit card accounts to monitor activity
- Check your credit report at least annually
Fraud: Recognize it. Report it. Stop it.
Anyone with information on this crime can contact Halton Police Fraud Investigators at 905-825-4747 ext. 8739 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).Posted: Oct. 23, 2014 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article
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“Small Town Living at Its Best”: Halton Hills wins prestigious Marketing Canada award
The Town of Halton Hills is proud to announce it has received the Economic Developers Association of Canada’s “Marketing Canada”award.
The award was presented to Town representative Danielle Edwards during the Association’s 46th National Conference, on September 28.
The Town of Halton Hills, in partnership with the Halton Hills Cultural Roundtable, spearheaded the creation of a new community-based brand that would complement the existing Town “corporate” brand, but also convey the enduring sustainable nature of the community.
The brand was grassroots driven and inspired, and used a highly consultative, community-based methodology to engage residents through focus groups and online surveys.
“The community brand belongs to everyone and the community is the target audience – individuals, groups and businesses. The goal of the brand is to unite everyone around our shared values, help preserve our distinctive character, and enhance our small town way of life,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette.
The Mayor emphasized that a community brand is not just a logo or a tagline, but represents what we are known for, what makes us unique.
Everyone in in our community is encouraged to learn about the community brand and use it to complement their own identity efforts.
Details of the brand guidelines for the use of the logo and other dimensions of the brand are available, at no cost, to local organizations.Posted: Oct. 22, 2014 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article
Halton Regional Police Firearms and Weapons Amnesty Has Started
The Halton Regional Police Service will be hosting its first regional Firearms and Weapons Amnesty from October 15th to November 15th 2014. Members of the public will be encouraged to surrender their unregistered or unwanted firearms and weapons to the Halton Regional Police.
This amnesty is an opportunity for members of the community to hand in firearms and/or weapons and ammunition that are unused, inherited or illegal, without the fear of being charged for having them.
The Halton Regional Police Service aims to create a safer community by removing these firearms and weapons from locations such as homes, businesses and schools to prevent their use in violent crimes.
Currently, in Ontario there are 550,000 citizens who hold valid Possession Licenses (POL) and Possession and Acquisition licenses (PAL). There are 325,465 restricted and prohibited firearms registered in Ontario, not including non-restricted firearms (long guns). In some circumstances, POL and PAL licensees no longer wish to keep their firearms due to age, ability and residential location. Furthermore, POL and PAL holders often omit or forget to renew their license and/or are deceased, leaving the firearms unregistered or in the possession of unlicensed family members. This amnesty is an opportunity to have the police come and safely take these weapons away.
During this amnesty, we encourage people to turn in illegally held guns and ammunition and any other unwanted firearms, imitation firearms and air guns. In addition, any weapon that may pose a threat to public safety such as switchblades, butterfly knives, pepper spray, nunchuks, shurikens, push daggers, knife-combs, crossbows, spiked wristbands, batons and/or blowguns.
Please call and arrange for pick up:
Between October 15th and November 15th, 2014, a dedicated telephone line will be available to arrange a firearm or weapon pick up. (905) 465-8733 will be monitored from Monday to Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm during the first two weeks. During the remaining two weeks the phone line will be monitored Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm .
DO NOT BRING ANY WEAPONS OR FIREARMS TO A POLICE STATION.
DO NOT TRANSPORT FIREARMS OR WEAPONS IN YOUR VEHICLE.
DO NOT GREET OFFICERS AT THE DOOR WITH FIREARMS/WEAPONS.
Officers assigned to pick up the weapons will provide police identification and will require a signature for destruction.
This Amnesty is an opportunity for everyone to take part in removing these firearms and weapons from the community, reducing the risk of them falling into the hands of criminals.Posted: Oct. 21, 2014 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article