OTTAWA POLICE SERVICE RIDEAU / GOULBOURN Weekly Activity Report: Sept.25/09 to Oct. 1/09 Patrol Officers in the Rideau/Goulbourn zone responded to 62 general calls for service from the public for the reporting period of Sept. 25th to Oct. 1st. From the 62 service calls – the following is a partial breakdown of incidents by Community: Manotick: 1 Mischief, 1 Noise-Compl., 1 Suspicious Richmond: 1 Mischief, 1 Possess-ATV In addition to the calls for service, Patrol Officers are also proactively enforcing the Highway Traffic laws, responding to false 9-1-1 and alarm calls, and assisting the Ottawa Fire, Paramedics and By-law services. LITTLE RED TORO. The follow isn‟t an anecdote about bulls, nor is it about the highly sought after tuna bellies, which by the way is a prized Japanese delicacy. This in fact is a blurb about a little red Toro riding lawnmower that was found sitting on the bottom of the Rideau River, just off of George Mclean Park. How the Toro ended up in the river remains a mystery; however, it is now resting comfortably at Swansea, the OPS property depot, eagerly awaiting its master‟s arrival. The riding lawnmower was located in the river around the middle of Sept. by an astute family who happened to be fishing along the shoreline, and was recovered on Sept. 28. The family who reported the sunken lawnmower to police and assisted them in its recovery exemplifies the importance of community participation in crime prevention and resolution. It is through your reports that important information can be added to the community crime puzzle. Each member of the community plays an important role in crime prevention by keeping their eyes and ears on the community, and reporting criminal activity to police. If anyone can shed some light on how this lawnmower ended up in the Rideau River, or is aware of a master who is missing his Toro, please call the OPS Call Center with case #09-276353. HORSING AROUND. Shortly after 7 a.m. on Friday morning, Sept. 25, a complainant called 9-1-1 after he spotted a horse running loose on Franktown Rd. The complainant had cause for concern because a vehicle travelling at speeds over 80kph colliding into a horse that can weigh over 900 lbs can pack quite a wallop. It is definitely something you don‟t want to horse around with. Thanks for being the eyes and ears in your community, and for keep your community safe. IF NOT HORSES THAN SHEEP. Don‟t be sheepish about calling 9-1-1 when something like sheep milling about on the roadway concerns you. When your spider senses tell you that sheep running amuck on Franktown Rd. is dangerous, then listen to your senses and call police. That is exactly what a complainant did on Saturday, Sept. 26, and perhaps by shear luck a baaahd accident was prevented. TRAFFIC COMPLAINT. Shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, a complainant called 9-1-1 to report a green ford Explorer that was speeding and weaving all over the roadway. Patrol officers were able to catch up with the driver on Bridge St., after he got stuck in the Manotick construction crawl, and educate him on his poor driving habit and history. THE MANOTICK BANDITS. A group of 5-6 youths road into town early one Saturday morning, Sept. 26, mounted on bicycles, and dressed in hoodies and face bandanas. Some of the youths were carrying around large backpacks. Watching a group of teens riding around on bicycles and sporting bandanas at 10 a.m. is one thing, but 1:50 a.m. on a Saturday morning – hum, I hope your spider senses is screaming out, “Hey this is suspicious.” Thanks to a complainant on Boucher Cres., who listened to his inner voice and called 9-1-1, police were able to stop and identify the four youths involved in the suspicious incident, and possible prevent a criminal act. In the call to police, the complainant noted that the youths were riding up and down neighboring driveways, possibly checking out cars. OBSERVANT CUSTOMER PRACTICES CAVEAT EMPTOR. A complainant called the OPS Call Center to report a suspicious incident that occurred at a Richmond gas station. The complainant stated that as he was paying for his gas purchase an employee swiped his credit card and then jotted down the three digit security code, located on the back of the card. When the complainant asked why he recorded the security code, the employee responded by saying that it was standard procedure directed by Visa. As a precaution, the complainant contacted Visa and Drummond‟s Gas and learned that it wasn‟t standard procedure to take the security code off of the credit card. Remember, if something feels suspicious - challenge it by asking questions or calling police. FLYING ATV. Shortly before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, a complainant called 9-11 to report a flying ATV. The complainant stated that the ATV driver flew past him on the shoulder of the road at speeds well above 90kph. At the time, the complainant was heading northbound along Prince of Wales Dr. at 90kph and was only able to get a description of the ATV and the driver. Police were unable to locate the flying 4-wheeler. ACCIDENTS: Sept. 25 Malakoff Rd., Ottawa: At around 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, a motorcycle driver was traveling east on Malakoff Rd. at approx. 60kph when he entered into the sharp left hand bend in the road at the intersection with Klondike Rd. Without warning, the driver lost control of his bike as it slipped on some loose gravel, scattered on the roadway. As the bike slipped away, the driver was thrown onto the hard asphalt surface where he sustained non life threatening injuries. Sept. 25 McBean St., Richmond: A driver was charged under the Highway Traffic Act for – failing to drive in a marked lane after his vehicle hit the gravel shoulder and lost control. The driver stated that he was traveling along McBean St. at 100kph in a post 70kph zone when all of a sudden his vehicle hit the gravel shoulder, lost control, skidded on the roadway, took out a civic address sign and a mailbox, and then flipped upside down and came to rest on the roadway. Luckily no other vehicles were involved and the driver was able to walk away from the accident. B&E: Sept. 26 6500 Block of Malakoff Rd., Goulbourn: A complainant called the OPS Call Center to report a residential B&E and attempted theft of vehicle. Sometime during the week prior to Sept. 26, unknown suspect(s) broke into the complainant‟s two sheds and a barn, and stole a Stilhl chainsaw and a Honda generator. The suspects then attempted to steal the unlocked dump truck by punching the ignition system, but were unsuccessful. Mischief: Sept. 25 Tarryn Terrace, Richmond: A complainant called the OPS Call Center to report a mischief to property incident involving a paintball gun. Sometime after 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, unknown person(s) fired blue colored paintballs at the complainant‟s garage door and driveway. The mischief was discovered at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, and it is unknown if others in the neighborhood were targeted. It is important to report all crime to police. You are the eyes and ears in the community, and your report adds important information to the community crime puzzle. Sept. 28 Lena Dr., Manotick: A complainant called the OPS Call Center to report a mischief to property incident that occurred between 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 and 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27. The complainant stated that he left his vehicle parked on the street while attending a house party, and during that time unknown person(s) came by and left a 5-foot long key scratch along the driver‟s side rear panel. Other: Sept. 26 South Island Park Dr., Manotick: Police dropped by a South Island home shortly before 4 a.m. on Saturday morning and spoke to the homeowner about how playing very loud music and hoop „n hollering in the early morning hours can be disruptive and disrespectful to a community. Oct. 1 Eagleson Rd, Richmond: Police were dispatched to the intersection of Eagleson Rd. and Brophy Dr. after a complainant called police to report a stolen ATV being driven by two youths. The complainant detained the youths until police could arrive on scene. The youths admitted to stealing the ATV from the Richmond Fair and the parents took responsibility for their kids‟ actions by agreeing to pay for any damages done to the ATV. One youth was recommended for the youth diversion program. Make the right Call: The Rideau/Goulbourn Police Centre is located at 1131 Clapp Lane in Manotick and can be reached at 236-1222 ext. 2314. The Centre is a “community problem-solving centre” and is responsible for the delivery of the Ottawa Police crime prevention programs. It is important to note that the Manotick CPC is not an emergency response centre and that we do not dispatch cars to complaints or crimes in progress. When these situations arise, it is important to know the numbers to call for an appropriate response: 911 – for life-threatening emergencies or crimes in progress; 613-230-6211 – other emergencies, i.e.: suspicious incident or disturbance; 613-236-1222, ext. 7300 – the O.P.S. call centre, to report a theft, missing person or stolen vehicle; and 311 – for Bylaw Dispatch Services. All of these numbers along with other useful information can be found in the red pages at the front of your residential directory. If you have any information regarding any criminal activity, call Crime Stoppers at 613233-TIPS (8477), or toll free at 1-800-222-8477. Finally, if you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should call police, or you cannot remember the non-emergency numbers, call 9-1-1. The caring and professional 9-1-1 Call Takers will steer you in the right direction.