Category: Safety

REMINDER: How to report a vehicle theft

Community Police Officer Kevin Williams recently reached out to local community associations on the issue of vehicle thefts and asked us to share this information with residents.

“It has been brought to my attention that there are concerns about an increase in thefts from vehicles in the Stittsville area over the last few months.  A review of reported incidents to the Ottawa Police Service from September 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017 indicates that there have only been 6 reported thefts from vehicles incidents in the Stittsville area.  Two of these incidents occurred in the month of November.   It may be possible that theft from vehicle incidents in the area are not being reported to police.

“I was hoping that all Stittsville Community Associations can assist the Ottawa Police Service in sending out a message to residents in the area encouraging them to report crimes and suspicious activity to the police. Reporting incidents to the police is important and provides us with the information needed to identify crime patterns and assists us in addressing crime in the community.”

To report a vehicle theft or any other incidents: visit the Ottawa Police “Contact Us” web page at ottawapolice.ca. Many reports can be made online.

You should also check out this Ottawa Police resource page with tips on how to decrease opportunity for criminals and safeguard your vehicle.

Overnight car break-ins reported this week

We are hearing several reports of overnight car break-ins around our neighbourhood this week, many involving unlocked vehicles.
 
Here are some tips from the Ottawa Police:
 
– If your vehicle has been stolen or broken into: Report the theft to the police online or by calling 613-236-1222 ext 7300. The police will need a complete description of your vehicle.
 
– Don’t leave personal identification, vehicle registration or insurance certificates, or credit cards in your vehicle.
 
– Remove valuables and shopping bags from view. This includes loose change and electronic devices such as Ipods, cell phones and GPS navigation systems.
 
– Never leave your vehicle running and unattended.
 
– Always close windows all the way and lock the doors.
 
– Park in well lit areas with pedestrian traffic. Park your vehicle facing the street. Anyone tampering with it is more likely to be seen.
 
– Engrave your vehicle registration number on the stereo system, wheel rims, tools, etc.
 
– Don’t hide spare keys in your vehicle — they can be found. And never put your name or address on your house or car keys.
 
– If you have a garage, use it. Lock both the vehicle and garage.
 
– Consider installing anti-theft devices.
 
– Get an “All Valuables Removed” Warning Card. The “All Valuables Removed” warning cards are designed to remind vehicle owners they have an active part to play in preventing these crimes. Vehicles targeted include those left unattended in high-volume areas, those with valuables visible, and those located in areas identified by the police as particularly vulnerable to theft. The cards are displayed by vehicle owners on the inside of the driver’s side window to display the message, “All Valuables Removed” – letting would-be-thieves know not to bother searching the vehicle and alerting others to take the same precautions. More info…
Ottawa Police all valuables removed poster

Reduced speed zones and a flex stake coming to…

Councillor Shad Qadri provided an update on traffic calming to the Fairwinds Community Association on September 12. Here’s what you can expect to see in the community in the near future.

Reduced speed zones near some parks

According to Councillor Qadri, speed limits will be reduced to 40 km/h near some of the parks in Fairwinds. Specifically, the new reduced speed zones will be:

  • Leveche Way (both north and south of Maple Grove Road)
  • Montserrat Street
  • Par-La-Ville Circle
  • Vendevale Avenue

There will be signs posted alerting drivers to the change plus speed limits will be pained on the pavement on each road.

Changes to planned calming on Rosehill

Earlier this year, Councillor Qadri informed the FCA that flex stakes would be installed on Rosehill Avenue near Rosehill Park. One was intended to be placed near the curve east of the traffic circle (near Tramontana Place); the second was to be placed near the intersection of Rosehill and  Harmattan Avenue.

The latest update is that only one stake is feasible:

Traffic Staff conducted a site visit on Rosehill, and has concluded that only one flex stake would be feasible on Rosehill Avenue between Huntmar Drive and Maple Grove Road – this would be the flex stake just south of Harmattan Avenue, and this would require seasonal parking restrictions (signage to be installed on residential frontages). Traffic has not yet sent my office a proposal as to when the stake will be implemented.

Rotating speed boards coming to Fairwinds

Lastly, the councillor noted that several brackets have been installed in the community to hold speed boards. While no permanent board will be placed on Huntmar, as was considered, a rotating sign board will be placed at various points throughout the community at different times.

MAY 16: Fairwinds monthly meeting; special topic “NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH”

Neighbourhood WatchOur next FCA monthly meeting is on Monday, May 16 at 7:30pm in the Community Kitchen at Sobeys (Carp Road).

The theme for this month is “NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH”.

Special guest will be Chad Wagar, a resident on Tempest Avenue where they’ve set up a successful Neighbourhood Watch program.  Chad will talk about how they got it going, and the benefits they’re already seeing in their part of Fairwinds.  If you’ve ever wondered about what Neighbourhood Watch is all about, here’s a great opportunity to ask questions and learn from your neighbours.

For more info email info@fairwindscommunity.com or call 613-299-3776.

AGENDA: 

FAIRWINDS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Monday, May 16 @ 7:30pm
Stittsville Sobeys Community Kitchen (Carp Road @ Hazeldean Road)
1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes from April meeting

3. Neighbourhood Watch

4. Johnwoods Closure

5. Membership
– Summary of brainstorm ideas

6. Events
– Garage Sale June 4
– Other summer events

7. Advocacy
– Development update
– CTC road closure signage
– Dog waste bin

8. Outreach
– Volunteer
– Community signage

9. Councillor’s Update

10. Other business