NWL August 2021 Newsletter

Anti-Fraud Seminar

A reminder that NWL will be hosting the second in a series of Zoom webinars on seniors and fraud prevention. Join us Thursday August 26, 2021 at 1 p.m. when Tom Cheel from the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre will be discussing identity theft.

You can join the meeting via Zoom using this link

Did you miss our first Anti-Fraud Seminar? Don’t worry! You can view it here.

COVID-19 Update

As summer winds down, we are reminded to be aware of pandemic precautions under Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. As well, with the number of COVID cases on the rise, the Middlesex London Health Unit continues to urge people to get vaccinated. A list of walk-in pop-up vaccine clinics can be found on the Health Unit’s website. MLHU Walk-in pop-up COVID Vaccination Clinics

LPS is Recruting Auxiliary Officers

Do you have the right stuff? The London Police Service is currently recruiting auxiliary police officers. According to the LPS website:

“While auxiliaries work with sworn officers, they can be distinguished by a light blue uniform shirt and ‘Auxiliary’ shoulder flash, as well as a black-and-red checker-patterned hat band. There is a competitive selection process that includes an interview, physical fitness testing and a detailed background security check. Applicants must commit to serving a minimum of 15 hours a month for two years. Once selected, they must successfully complete 60 hours of training that includes presentations on everything from the law and use-of-force procedures to drug and major crime investigations.”

For information go to: LPS Auxiliary Police

Uniform Crime Reporting Survey

Statistics Canada is looking for feedback on the collection of police-reported statistics on racialized and Indigenous identity via its Uniform Crime Reporting Survey. The Survey is being done in partnership with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.

   “This engagement will be used to collect feedback on the value of collecting Indigenous and racialized identity data through the UCR Survey, but also feedback on how should the police report the data, what information should be reported by the police, how the data should be used, and any other related concerns. This initiative is a first step toward gathering data that will help shed light on the experiences of Indigenous and racialized groups as they relate to policing and the criminal justice system more broadly.” Source: Statistics Canada website.

Information can be found at: Uniform Crime Reporting Survey 

A timely tweet from OPP: 

#NottyOPP reminding the public to be vigilant when it comes to “Emergency Scams” otherwise known as “The Grandparent Scam” If you have questions call Nottawasaga OPP or reach out to @canantifraud #CommunityEngagement @NewTecumseth @essatownship @adjtostwp

Increased Complaints on Motorcycle Racing and Stunts

NWL - Motorcycle Safety

In the news….a CBC report last month focuses on a rise in motorcycle sales this summer, and an increase in complaints to London police about racing and stunts. Riding your motorcycle this summer? Slow down.

City of London e-scooter and cargo e-bike feedback

The City of London has been collecting feedback from residents and businesses about the use of e-scooters and large cargo e-bikes. E-scooters are powered by an electric motor, and transport people by standing on a platform. Large e-cargo bikes have a pedal-assisted  motor and a platform or box to carry passengers or items. The aim of the survey is to see whether existing rules of the road are adequate, as well as whether an e-scooter share program could be implemented in London. More information can be found at: City of London & e scooters

Until September, stay safe!

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July 2021 Newsletter

Save the Date: Anti-Fraud Seminar

Save the Date! Neighbourhood Watch London is pleased to be hosting a series of webinars on seniors and fraud awareness with the support of New Horizons and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

A total of four seminars will be held in the coming months. The sessions will be led by Tom Cheel from the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre’s Senior Support team. Tom is a former detective with the Toronto Police Service, with a specialization in financial crime. The first webinar will be held via Zoom Thursday, July 29th at 1 p.m. Keep an eye out in your email inbox for your invitation to participate in the webinars. 

COVID-19 Update

Ontario moved into step three of the Roadmap to Reopen July 16th. That includes outdoor social gatherings and organized public events of up to 100 people, and indoor gatherings of up to 25 people.  As COVID cases decline and restrictions ease, the Middlesex London Health Unit recommends holding outdoor gatherings as much as possible, and continuing to follow guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing. For more information, visit the Middlesex-London Health Unit website.

Heat Exhaustion

Are you at risk? With summer in full swing, it’s once again time to be aware of heat warnings. These warnings coincide with Environment Canada forecasting a daily high temperature of 31 degrees or higher for two consecutive days. People most at risk include the elderly, infants, and those with chronic health conditions. According to the Middlesex London Health Unit, seek help if you experience the following:

  • Heat cramps: symptoms include painful muscle cramps 
  • Heat exhaustion: signs include heavy sweating, dizziness, and nausea
  • Heat stroke: symptoms include headache, confusion, and fainting. Skin may be hot and dry.

Information can be found at: Extreme Heat 

Operation Safe Driver

Operation Safe Driver week was held July 11-17 in 2021. The annual event is designed to promote awareness across North America relating to commercial and passenger vehicle drivers. This year’s focus was on speeding. According to the U.S.-based Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, speeding was the most frequent factor in crashes involving trucks and automobiles. Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation joined in the campaign to target unsafe driving as part of Operation Safe Driver week.

LPS Summer Safety Tips

London Police are providing summer safety advice on their website here.

Tips include:

  • Assign a trusted family member or friend to periodically check on your home and collect any mail or flyers for you while you are gone.
  • Ensure there are proper safeguards in place to keep children safe around the pool
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in your vehicle, even if the windows are rolled down. It only takes a minute to heat up and doing so could have tragic consequences.

We hope that you have a great summer, and we look forward to updating you in our August newsletter!

Sincerely, the NWL Team.