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BPS Seek to Identify Arson Suspects

Aug 21, 2020

BRANTFORD, ON -  Between August 10th and August 21, 2020 Brantford Police Service and Brantford Fire were dispatched to attend two residential fires on Mohawk Street and three fires at a location on Eagle Ave.
 
On Monday, August 10, 2020 at approximately 1:22 pm, the rear deck of a Mohawk Street residence was found to be on fire. On Thursday, August 20, 2020 at approximately 6:04 am, the side of the same residence was found on fire.
 
On Thursday, August 13, 2020 at approximately 9:40 am, a motor vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence on Eagle Avenue was found on fire.  On Friday, August 14, 2020 at approximately 5:41 am, the front porch of the same residence was found to be on fire. At approximately 7:18 am on Friday, August 21, 2020, a motor vehicle was found on fire at the same residence.
 
All of the fires were quickly controlled and resulted in minor property damage. Police have reason to believe the fires were deliberately set and are working to identify suspects seen in the area. The suspects are described as follows:
Suspect #1 – Eagle Avenue:
Male, average height and build, wearing a black baseball cap, blue and white checkered long sleeved shirt, Khaki pants, dark shoes with a white sole and a white coloured bandana covering his face. 
Suspect #2 – Mohawk Street:
Male, heavyset build, approximately 5’10”, wearing a Champion brand dark hooded sweatshirt, dark coloured shorts, DC style skateboard shoes and a bandana covering his face.  The suspect left the scene in what is believed to be a newer model 4-dr Hyundai. 

Brantford Police - Major Crimes Unit are investigating these incidents and would like to speak with anyone who may have further information or could help identify the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or Brantford-Brant Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be submitted anonymously online at https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID251  

BPS Launches Buy and Sell Safe Exchange Zone

Aug 17, 2020

The Brantford Police Service is pleased to provide residents with a Buy and Sell Safe Exchange Zone, located in the front parking lot of the station, 344 Elgin Street. 

Many people are becoming victims of robberies, thefts and fraud targeted by people they meet online. Whether buying or selling, the public is invited to use our Buy and Sell Safe Exchange Zone. These two parking spaces have been designated as a Safe Exchange Zone in an effort to increase public safety and reduce crime by giving people a safer place to meet when making transactions with strangers. 

For additional peace of mind, these spaces are located close to the front entrance of the station and in view of our existing surveillance video.  
Safety Tips
Two things to keep in mind when buying or selling an item from a stranger: 
  1. Make sure that the item you are purchasing is exactly the item you were expecting.
  2. Check your money. Make sure that you check to ensure you are receiving the correct amount and that it is not counterfeit. 
Red Flag: If you suggest to meet at one of the BPS Buy and Sell Safe Exchange Zones, and the other party refuses; consider this to be a warning that something may not be right with this transaction.

The Brantford Police Service is committed to enhancing safety for all, by engaging and supporting a unified community. For more information on how to stay safe, please visit:  brantfordpolice.ca 

Know Your Tow - Public Awareness

Aug 11, 2020

In an effort to ensure compliance with legislation and to educate the public on best practices and consumer protection laws, Brantford Police Service is providing the following information to assist consumers in the event they should need their vehicle towed.

Many neighbouring police services have received complaints from motorists who have been charged excessively high fees for towing their vehicles after collisions or to have their vehicles released from storage yards. Other reports received include drivers feeling pressured to pay cash for services or being required to sign fraudulent paperwork

Brantford Police Service is encouraging drivers to know their rights under Ontario law. To reduce uncertainty and potentially uncomfortable roadside situations, we advise drivers refer to the CAA Towing Bill of Rights.

Towing Bill of Rights:

  1. You have the right to decide who can tow your vehicle and to what location (unless otherwise directed by police).
  2. A "permission to tow” form must be signed before towing starts, unless you have an auto club membership.
  3. The towing company must provide you with an itemized invoice before receiving payment.
  4. The final bill cannot be more than 10% above the quoted price.
  5. If you choose, you have the right to pay by credit card.
  6. During business hours, you can access your vehicle to get your personal items, while it is stored at a towing facility.
  7. A tow operator must notify you where your vehicle will be towed.
  8. Tow operators must disclose if they are receiving a financial incentive for towing your vehicle to a particular vehicle storage facility or repair shop.

To protect yourself, Brantford Police Service offer the following tips:

  • Know what your insurance policy covers. See if you have roadside assistance coverage and what the limits are. If you have been in a collision, find out how your car insurance company handles towing and how much your insurer will cover.
  • Call your insurance company for direction on tow companies, repairs and car rentals.
  • Don’t let a towing operator take your vehicle until you view a Government of Ontario Towing Consumer Bill of Rights. You should be shown a towing and storage rate sheet listing towing fees, daily storage fees (if any), and all other miscellaneous charges.
  • You are entitled to a receipt for tow services rendered.
  • Decline offers to store your vehicle in a tow compound unless directed by your insurer.
  • Make sure that the company name on the tow truck matches the documentation and do not agree to a demand for cash payment to release your vehicle without consulting your insurance company first
  • Never sign a blank contract.
  • Do not give out your insurance information to the tow operator. Some fraudulent tow operators will use this information for additional scams, like calling the victim and pretending to be their insurer or providing it to a health practitioner.

If you suspect fraud or if the tow truck driver refuses to leave, call the police.

What is "chasing” in the tow truck industry?

"Chasers” in the tow truck industry listen to radio scanners and rush to accident scenes. They will often use high-pressure, fraudulent tactics to obtain business from motorists.

For example, one tactic consumers should be aware of is the work order bait and switch. In this situation, a motorist is asked to sign forms believed to be an authorization to tow, only to later realize they have signed a work order. The vehicle is then towed to a shop and held until the services are paid for. If payment cannot be made, or the insurer refuses to pay, the repair shop is authorized to sell the vehicle under the Repair and Storage Liens Act. Some "chasers” have arrangements with dishonest body shops to receive payment for these actions.    

Always read every document you sign and NEVER sign a blank contract.    

IN THE EVENT OF A COLLISION

  • Drivers should contact their insurance company and record the following important details that may be needed to file a police report or insurance claim:
  • Location, date and time of collision
  • Other vehicle(s) involved – make, model and license plate number
  • Name and driver’s license of other driver(s)
  • Name of insurance company and policy #

CALL THE POLICE IF:

  • Someone is injured
  • You think the other driver may be guilty of a Criminal Code offence, such as impaired driving
  • You suspect you’re the victim of a staged collision
  • There is damage over $2000
  • There is damage to public or private property
  • The other driver fails to remain at the scene

If it is safe, move your vehicle to the side of the road. If you can’t drive your vehicle, turn your hazard lights on or use warning triangles or flares. Taking photos at the scene with your cellphone, if safe to do so, is a good idea.

Additional Information:

Consumer Protection Act General Rules for Towing: 

www.ontario.ca/page/guide-towing-and-vehicle-storage-service-providers#section-2

Financial Service Commission of Ontario:

www.fsco.gov.on.ca/en/auto/brochures/Pages/brochure_scamtips.aspx

Anyone with concerns regarding illegally operating tow-trucks can report them to the Brantford Police Service online at www.brantfordpolice.caor 519-756-7050. Anonymous information can be submitted by contacting Brantford-Brant Crime Stoppers at 1-800-822-TIPS (8477).

BPS Investigate Double Fatality Motor Collision

Aug 7, 2020

Incident # 20-30217
The Brantford Police Service – Traffic Unit is investigating a serious motor vehicle collision located at Shellard Lane and Conklin Road and are appealing for witnesses.  

On Friday, August 7, 2020 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Brantford Police Service responded to a 9-1-1 call regarding a motor vehicle collision on Shellard Lane and Conklin Drive.  A motor vehicle and a city bus had been involved in a collision.  Community Patrol Officers attended to and investigated the collision.  At the time of the investigation two occupants from the motor vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.

The BPS-Traffic Unit is continuing to investigate this incident and are asking anyone who may have witnessed or has any information relating to this investigation to contact Brantford Police at 519-756-7050. 

As the investigation is in the very early stages, additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Suspected Human Remains Located

Aug 5, 2020

Incident # 20-29892

Members of the Brantford Police Service Major Crime Section and the Office of the Chief Coroner are investigating the discovery of suspected human remains located in the area of Glenwood Drive on August 5, 2020.

Please be advised there will be a police presence in the area as officers conduct the investigation. Members of the general public are asked to avoid the area.

A postmortem coroner’s examination is to be scheduled. Until this examination has been completed, Brantford Police Service is unable to provide further information regarding the identification of the remains. As the investigation is in the very early stages, additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Brantford Police Service at (519) 756-7050 or Brantford-Brant Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be submitted anonymously online at https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID251

Public Awareness - Drug Risk Awareness

Aug 4, 2020

Earlier this afternoon, the Brantford Police Service assisted Emergency Medical Services in regards to suspected drug overdoses which are believed to be as a result of drugs being mixed with suspected Fentanyl.

The Brantford Police Service is asking that the community be made aware of these occurrences and risks of drug use. Please use caution when using any type of drug that is not prescribed to you. If you are a new drug user you are particularly at risk should you use drugs that may be cut with or contain Fentanyl.

If you think someone is suffering from a drug overdose, call 9-1-1- immediately. If available give the person Naloxone. Naloxone is an emergency medication that temporarily reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids such as fentanyl, heroin, methadone, morphine. You can give naloxone while you wait for emergency services to arrive. Remember naloxone can temporarily reverse an overdose but it can wear off before the person has completely recovered. Always call 9-1-1 and be treated by Emergency Medical Services. If you yourself have taken drugs or have drugs on you, the Good Samaritan Law can protect you.

While the BPS advises against using illicit drugs, people who choose to use them should:
  • Never use alone
  • Start with a small amount
  • Do not mix substances, including alcohol, as it increases risk of overdose
  • Call 911 right away if they think someone is overdosing
  • Make a plan and know how to respond in case of an overdose
  • Use where help is easily available
  • Be prepared to give breaths and/or administer Naloxone until help arrives. Have a kit accessible at all times and KNOW how to use it.
 
Know the signs of an overdose:
  • Can’t stay awake
  • No strength or energy
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Trouble breathing
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Gurgling or snoring sounds
  • Lips and/or fingernails blue or purple
  • Non-responsive to shouting
 
For more information please visit www.FentanylCanKill.ca
 
If you have information about suspected drug activity please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519- 756-7050.  Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

Three Kitchener Youth Arrested After Robbery at Financial Business on King George Road

Jul 28, 2020

Incident #20-28629

On Monday July 27, 2020 at approximately 12:30 pm. Brantford Police Service responded to a 9-1-1 call at a financial business located on King George Road.  Three unknown males disguised with face covers, long clothing and gloves entered the business armed with a knife and a gun demanding money.  A fourth suspect remained outside in a waiting vehicle.  The suspects ordered the employees to the ground while they began to ransack the business and damage property.  During the incident one of the victims was stuck in the head by an accused and received non-life threatening injuries.   The three suspects fled the area on foot after taking personal property belonging to the victims.  Community Patrol Officers, members of the Emergency Response Team and a K9 Unit responded to the area where they were able to locate and arrested the three suspects after a short foot pursuit.  Officers were able to recover the personal property that was taken along with a knife and a replica firearm (BB Gun) that was used during the robbery.  The fourth suspect fled the area in a vehicle and is still outstanding.  All three accused are young offenders and were held for a bail hearing.   
 
Accused #1 – A 17 year old male from Kitchener is charged with:
 
ROBBERY
USE FIREARM WHILE COMMITTING OFFENCE
WEAPONS DANGEROUS
ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON
DISGUISE WITH INTENT
MISCHIEF UNDER $5,000.00
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH JUDICIAL RELEASE
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SENTENCE ORDER

Accused #2 – A 16 year old male from Kitchener is charged with:
 
ROBBERY
USE FIREARM WHILE COMMITTING OFFENCE
WEAPONS DANGEROUS
ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON
DISGUISE WITH INTENT
MISCHIEF UNDER $5,000.00
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH UNDERTAKING 

Accused #3 – A 15 year old male from Kitchener is charged with:

ROBBERY
USE FIREARM WHILE COMMITTING OFFENCE
WEAPONS DANGEROUS
ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON
DISGUISE WITH INTENT
MISCHIEF UNDER $5,000.00
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH JUDICIAL RELEASE
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SENTENCE ORDER

Suspect #4 – Outstanding

      Description unknown
      Vehicle – white pickup truck

The Brantford Police Service is continuing to investigate this incident and are asking anyone that may have been in the area or who have video surveillance to contact police at 519-756-7050.  Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

Police Look to Speak with Witnesses of Serious Motor Collision

Jul 25, 2020

On July 24, 2020 at approximately 3:25pm, members of the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a serious motor vehicle collision involving three vehicles in the area of Clarence Street and Darling Street. Members of Brantford Fire and Brant/ Brantford paramedics also attended to assist with the injured parties.

Preliminary investigation suggests that three vehicles were involved in a motor vehicle collision at this location. Two of the drivers involved were transported to the hospital with one driver sustaining serious injuries. 

The area of Clarence Street at Darling Street was closed for most of the afternoon and evening while investigators from the Collision Reconstruction Unit conducted their investigation.

Some witnesses came forth at the scene, however, the Brantford Police Traffic Unit would like to speak with anyone that has further information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Constable Kelly Renzini at 519-756-0113 ext. 2212.

Road Safety Initiatives July 27 - Aug 3: Excessive Noise

Jul 23, 2020

The Brantford Police Service makes educating the public in safe driving practices a road safety priority. An essential part of our job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways. Our ongoing enforcement initiatives focus on impaired driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving and speeding. These behaviours endanger drivers, passengers, all road users and pedestrians at risk of serious or fatal injury collisions. 

During the week of Monday, July 27 to Sunday, August 3, 2020 BPS Traffic Unit will be conducting enforcement in regards to vehicles making unreasonable and unnecessary noise.
Leading up to this week, the BPS Traffic Unit will be conducting public education in an effort to promote safe driving behaviours and ensure motorists are aware of the rules of the road.

The Highway Traffic Act of Ontario indicates that a person having control of a vehicle shall not "make unreasonable noise, and a driver of any motor vehicle shall not permit any unreasonable amount of smoke to escape from their motor vehicle, nor shall such driver at any time cause the motor vehicle to make any unnecessary noise.” This will include any driver who squeals the tires to a motor vehicle or rev’s the vehicle engine and draws attention to those in proximity.

The local roadways are to be shared and enjoyed by everyone, please keep this in mind when operating a motor vehicle.

The Brantford Police Service is committed to increase public compliance with safe driving in order to prevent collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads. 

Brantford Police Service Reminds of the Dangers of Impaired Driving

Jul 22, 2020

Over this past weekend, several incidents occurred resulting in a number of impaired by alcohol and drug charges to be laid. As a result of these incidents, Brantford Police Service feels the need to remind the public of the dangers of impaired driving.
Impaired driving means operating a vehicle (including cars, trucks, boats, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles) while your ability to do so has been compromised to any degree by consuming alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two. Impaired driving is a very serious offence that endangers the lives and safety of everyone on our roads. 

Alcohol — even one drink — can reduce your ability to react to things that happen suddenly. The effects of alcohol also include blurred or double vision, impaired attention and slowed reflexes. Impaired driving is one of the leading causes of death on Ontario’s roads.

Brantford Police Service would also like to remind drivers that both prescription and non-prescription drugs are an impairment while driving. 

Penalties for Impaired Driving
If police determine that you are driving while impaired by alcohol or any drug, including cannabis, illegal drugs, prescription and over-the-counter medications, you will face severe penalties as well as potential criminal charges if convicted in court.

The penalties vary depending on the driver’s age, licence type, the amount of alcohol or drugs in your system, and the number of times you have been convicted. 

Impaired drivers will face the following penalties (depending on circumstances): 
  • Licence Suspension (3 days to lifetime)
  • Vehicle Impoundment (7 days)
  • Financial Penalties Payable ($250 to $550)
  • Licence Reinstatement Fee ($281) 
  • An ignition interlock device may be required (6 months to 10 years)
  • Attendance of mandatory education or treatment program(s)
  • A  mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario
 
If convicted criminally of impaired driving in court, driver’s can also face additional fines and jail time.

Throughout Canada, the maximum legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for fully licensed drivers is to be under 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, or 0.08. Driving with a BAC of 0.08 or over is a criminal offence and the penalties are severe.

In Ontario, you will also face serious consequences if your BAC is between 0.05 and 0.08. This is commonly referred to as the "warn range.”
 
Drivers age 21 or under and novice drivers of any age (with G1, G2, M1, or M2 licenses) must not have any presence of alcohol in their blood when behind the wheel. This is commonly referred to as the "zero BAC” or "zero tolerance” rule.

Young and novice drivers are also prohibited from having any presence of cannabis in their system as well as other drugs that can be detected using approved drug screening equipment. Ontario has a zero tolerance approach to both alcohol and drugs for all young and novice drivers.

Don’t Do It - Avoid Driving Impaired

Have a plan to get home safely. Have a designated driver, use public transit, call a friend or family member for a ride, call a taxi or ride share, or stay overnight.

There are simple steps you can take to stay safe and avoid driving while you are impaired by drugs or alcohol:
  • Have a plan to get home safely. Have a designated driver, use public transit, call a friend or family member for a ride, call a taxi or ride share, or stay overnight.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about side effects related to driving when using prescription medication.
  • Read the information on the package of any prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicine, including allergy and cold remedies.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about how a prescription drug could affect you. Remember that combining drugs and alcohol together can impair your ability to drive more than using either one alone.

Crime Brief Summary for Impaired Driving Offences July 17 – 19, 2020 

Date:                   Friday, July 17, 2020
Incident #:         20-27227 Impaired - Alcohol
Location:            Oxford and Palm Crescent

On Friday, July 17, 2020 at approximately 1:45 a.m., Brantford Police responded to a call at the intersection of Oxford Street and Palm Crescent. A concerned citizen had advised police that her vehicle had nearly been struck by a pick up truck towing an excavator. The citizen then witnessed the pick up truck being driven erratically, failing to stop at several stop signs. Community Patrol Officers attended to the area where the vehicle was located and a traffic stop was conducted. When speaking to the driver, officers observed signs of impairment and the accused was transported in order to provide a sample of his breath as required by law. The samples of the accused were 2x over the legal limit.  

As a result of the investigation, a 33 year old male from Brantford has been charged with the following offences under the Criminal Code of Canada:
Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle
Impaired Operation – plus 80
Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
The accused also received a notice of license suspension and his vehicle was impounded for 11 days. 

Date:                   Friday, July 17, 2020
Incident #:         20-27271 Impaired - Alcohol
Location:            King George Rd. and Fairview Dr.

On Friday, July 17, 2020 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Brantford Police responded to a call to report a possible impaired driver in a parking lot located near the intersection of King George Road, Fairview Road and Tollgate Road. Information was received that there was a male driver who appeared to be stumbling and consuming alcohol within his vehicle.  Community Patrol Officers attended to the area where the suspect vehicle and driver was located. When speaking to the driver, officers observed obvious signs of impairment and open alcohol in the vehicle. The accused was arrested and transported in order to provide a sample of his breath as required by law. The samples of the accused were 3x over the legal limit.

As a result of the investigation, a 48 year old male from Lynden has been charged with the following offences under the Criminal Code of Canada:
  • Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Impaired Operation – plus 80
 
The accused was also charged with having care and control of a motor vehicle with unsealed liquor under the Liquor License Act. The accused also received a notice of license suspension and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.  

Date:                  Saturday, July 18, 2020
Incident #:         20-27353  Impaired - Alcohol
Location:            Brant Ave. and St. James St.

On Saturday, July 18, 2020 at approximately 11:45 a.m. the Brantford Police Service was advised of a possible impaired driver as a vehicle was observed to be fluctuating in speed, swerving on the roadway, nearly striking a guardrail. The suspect vehicle was travelling on Highway 24 heading into the City of Brantford. Officers located the suspect vehicle travelling southbound on Brant Ave and subsequently conducted a traffic stop at Brant Ave and St James Street.    

When speaking to the driver, officers observed signs of impairment. The accused was transported in order to provide a sample of his breath as required by law. 
The samples of the accused were 3x over the legal limit.  

As a result of the investigation, a 36 year old male from Kitchener has been charged with the following: 
  • Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Impaired Operation – plus 80
The accused also received a notice of license suspension and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.  

Date:                   Sunday, July 19, 2020
Incident #:         20-27469 Impaired - Alcohol
Location:            Dalhousie St. and Clarence St.

On Sunday, July 19, 2020 at approximately 3:00 a.m. a Community Patrol Officer was parked  on the north side of Dalhousie Street near Clarence with the four way hazard signals activated when the officer observed a vehicle travelling westbound on Dalhousie travelling at  high rate of speed.  

The suspect vehicle proceeded directly behind the police vehicle, coming to a complete stop.  The vehicle then proceeded to strike the rear of the police vehicle, and proceed west bound on Dalhousie Street for a short distance. Officers conducted a traffic stop where obvious signs of impairment were observed. The suspect was arrested and transported to provide a breath sample as required by law. The suspect refused to provide the required breath sample.   

As a result of the investigation, a 26 year old male from Brantford has been charged with the following:
  • Refusal to comply with demand 
  • Impaired Operation of a Motor vehicle
The accused also received a notice of license suspension and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.

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