Money-collecting scam warning

scam-alertThe Ottawa Police Service is informing the public on an recent scam where a caller states that he/she collecting money on behalf of the Ottawa Police Service and attempts to get the victim’s credit card number.

The Ottawa Police would like to remind the public that we do not solicit donations from the public.

The Ottawa Police Organized Fraud Unit is advising the public that have been victims of this scam to contact the Ottawa Police and make a report.
It is the time of year when many fraudsters use the generosity of people to solicit “charity” donations that are not legitimate. If you want to make a donation to a particular charity, do so directly through their legitimate website or by phoning them directly.

Anyone with information regarding this type of fraud is asked to call Ottawa Police Fraud Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 5162. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app. I

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Winter Parking Alerts

Overnight parking restrictions have changed for 2015

600px-No_Parking_symbol_sign.svg_Ottawa – The City of Ottawa has changed its overnight parking restrictions in time for the upcoming winter.
Overnight parking restrictions can be put into effect in Ottawa anytime between Sunday, November 15, 2015 and Friday, April 1, 2016. These restrictions ensure that the City’s snow-clearing crews are able to keep Ottawa’s roads safe and clear for pedestrians, cyclists, public transit, and motorists.

During this period, overnight parking restrictions are automatically enacted when seven centimetres or more of snowfall is forecast by Environment Canada. However, in extenuating circumstances, the City can impose restrictions or issue exemptions regardless of the forecast.

be preparedThe City of Ottawa will announce parking restrictions and inform residents if there is an exemption through and the City’s Twitter account @ottawacity.
When restrictions are put into place, parking will not be permitted on Ottawa streets between 1 and 7 a.m.

Vehicles parked on the street when a restriction is in effect will be ticketed, and could be towed. Vehicle owners who have a municipal on-street parking permit are exempt from winter overnight parking restrictions.

What’s new in 2015?

During winter overnight parking bans, residents will have free access to covered City owned parking garages. For more information about which City garages are free during winter overnight parking bans, visit

The annual fee structure for on-street parking permits remains unchanged but monthly fees will change by season. This means that permits will be less expensive in the summer months but more expensive in winter to reflect the true cost of maintenance. The new fee structure will take effect in early 2016.

Be in the know about snow
Sign up to receive e-mail or Twitter notifications of overnight parking restrictions at After you sign up, you will receive an e-mail or Twitter alert via @ottawacity, every time a winter overnight parking restriction goes into effect or is lifted. The service is free and you can unsubscribe at anytime.

You can also find out if an overnight parking restriction is in effect by calling 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) or through local media.

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Members Alert – Egging in Neighbourhood

The following incident was reported to The HMB Watch and to the Ottawa Police. Please be on the lookout for the following. If you witness anything please report it to the HMB Watch and to the Ottawa Police.


At 12 midnight Saturday, 2 males rang the doorbell and ran to the car, they threw 3 or 4 eggs to the house and the car.

Likely they didn’t expect that we wouldn’t sleep, they drove, probably, an old beat up Honda car.

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Halloween Patrol with Kappa Sigma Fraternity Brothers

The Kappa Sigma Fraternity brothers will be back again this Halloween to patrol our streets in an effort to help keep the streets safe for our children.

As many of you may remember, The Carleton University chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity has been volunteering annually to patrol our streets on Halloween night to keep our little ones safe while out for trick or treat. They should be around the community October 31st between 6pm and 9pm.

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Visit Kappa Sigma on Facebook or their main website

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Beware – Grand Theft Auto

Beware of organized auto thefts of newer model Toyota/Lexus SUV’s and trucks

The Ottawa Police Service Organized Auto Theft Section would like to advise Ottawa residents that there are organized and sophisticated thieves that have the ability to steal brand new/newer model Toyota/Lexus SUV’s and trucks. Thieves have stolen vehicles out of registered owner’s lane ways undetected.

“You may recall that we saw a similar modus operandi in the summer of 2014, and two individuals were charged and are in jail,” said Staff Sergeant Stephanie Burns, Organized Auto Theft Section.

Consider the following tips to protect your vehicle:

• Make your vehicle less vulnerable to theft by parking it in a locked garage and or blocking it with a second vehicle.
• Consider installing an after marker anti-theft device.
• Be vigilant that no one has tampered with the door locks mechanisms.
• Consider installing a club.
• If you are selling your vehicle, be wary not to let anyone have access to your car keys or your vehicle out of your sight. This prevents a thief from copying your key during a “test drive” so they can return later to steal it.
• The onus is on the registered owner of a vehicle to ensure that the person they let drive their vehicle has a valid driver’s license. As such, request to see their driver’s license prior to allowing them to test drive your vehicle. This gives you an opportunity to note the person’s identity. Further to that, note the license plate and vehicle description of any individuals who attend your home to enquire about a car for sale.
• Finally, good old fashioned neighbourhood watch is a great deterrent. Call 911 to report any suspicious activity; be vigilant.

More safety tips are available at

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