New area of concern for OPP:
There is a relatively new problem being reported by the OPP in the past weeks. As more and more people are shopping online, delivery vans are bringing a large range of products to people’s doorsteps. Or, in the case of rural residents, to their mailboxes. Recently, the OPP reported an incident in Augusta Township where unidentified individuals were seen following such delivery vehicles and attempting to steal parcels that had been left in mailboxes.
The incident in Augusta brought this new criminal enterprise to light when the occupant of the residence where a parcel had been left in the mailbox “exited the home to retrieve the package minutes after it was delivered, and observed the front passenger of a black sedan appearing to remove the package from the mailbox. The complainant hurried toward the mailbox, at which time the unknown vehicle and occupants drove away quickly”. The OPP believe that the suspect vehicle had been following the courier vehicle to observe for deliveries.
The Grenville County OPP is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects and vehicle from this incident, and want to remind residents to be vigilant when having items delivered to their homes. Delivery drivers should also remain vigilant and report incidents where they feel they are being followed.
Some ways to avoid becoming a victim include requiring a signature upon delivery or subscribing to text message or email updates regarding your delivery status. Some retailers also allow purchasers to provide “Safe Drop” locations or alternate addresses.
Anyone with information about this investigation or surveillance footage of the area is being asked to notify the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To report information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or submit your tip online at www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca. Crime Stoppers does not want your name, you don’t go to court, and you could earn a cash reward.
Bystander saves a life:
On a happier note, the OPP report a brave and life-saving act by a woman who was fishing on a canal in Cardinal. The report noted:
“On September 20, at approximately 7:18 pm, the Grenville County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report that a motor vehicle entered the canal near Legion Way, in the Village of Cardinal.
“It was reported that the driver of the vehicle lost control and reversed into the canal. A female bystander who was fishing nearby jumped into action and entered the water to assist the driver. The bystander was able to safely pull the driver out and away from the vehicle as it became submerged.
Upon arrival by police and emergency services, all parties were found to be unharmed. The efforts of the bystander were recognized by all emergency personnel and members of the public that witnessed the event. The Grenville County OPP contacted the individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, and thanked her again for her lifesaving efforts. Her actions that day likely prevented a tragedy.”
It’s good to see a positive and inspiring story to balance the less agreeable report from Augusta.