RCMP NEWS­BEAT

The Compass - - TRIN­ITY SOUTH -

• RCMP re­ceived a com­plaint of theft from a ve­hi­cle, which oc­curred overnight in the Shearstown area. An iPhone was stolen from the ve­hi­cle. Oct. 3 • An all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle was stolen in Clarke’s Beach. The ATV was re­cov­ered a short while later be­hind a res­i­dence in that Con­cep­tion Bay North town. Oct. 4 • Re­cy­cling ma­te­ri­als were stolen from are­cy­cling bin atAll Hal­lows Ele­men­tary in North River. Be­tween 10 and 20 bags of re­cy­clables were taken.

In­ter­net fraud

Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mat­ter of In­ter­net fraud.

A Tilton res­i­dent re­ceived a large cheque for pay­ment of an item through an In­ter­net deal, even though the trans­ac­tion was for a much lesser amount of money. The scam in th­ese cases is the cheque or money or­der is fraud­u­lent. The buyer asks you to cash their cheque and keep ex­tra for your trou­ble and re­turn the rest to them. Of course the cheque will not clear and the per­son who cashes it is o u t wha t e ver mon e y the cheque was printed for.

This is a scam that has been op­er­at­ing for many years and no one should fall for th­ese an­tics. The right thing to do is report it to your near­est po­lice de­part­ment or Phone Busters.

Threats to other per­sons

A large por­tion of calls the RCMP re­ceive are re­gard­ing threats made to­wards another per­son. Some­times it is in our na­ture and the way we talk. How many times have you said some­thing like, “ if you don’t stop I will hit you?” Maybe it was not so nice words. Imag­ine your favourite say­ing be­ing, “move along or I will poke ya in the head.” Now, say that to the cus­tomer in front of you at the gro­cery line. The con­text is com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

Th­ese phrases or say­ings be­come part of our lan­guage and may not mean any­thing to you. How­ever, to the per­son you are say­ing them to it could be a whole dif­fer­ent quin­tal of fish. The threat comes from what the other per­son be­lieves, not nec­es­sar­ily what you meant. In some cases, no harm was meant or di­rected, but the other per­son does not know that and calls the po­lice.

Now you could be fac­ing a crim­i­nal charge of ut­ter­ing threats un­der sec­tion 264.1 of the Crim­i­nal Code. You can re­ceive jail time, fines or other pun­ish­ment.

Why give a tip about this? This is be­com­ing a more fre­quent oc­cur­rence with our youth and we must watch what is be­ing said. Re­mem­ber the golden rule: if you don’t have any­thing nice to say, don’t say any­thing.

Re­mem­ber to smile and do some­thing nice for one per­son ev­ery day.

Com­mu­nity Polic­ing events

If your com­mu­nity or com­mu­nity group is look­ing for RCMP in­volve­ment in your event, you may con­tact the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion of­fices at Bay Roberts, 786-2118 or Har­bour Grace, 596-5014. You may also con­tact the Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Of­fi­cer di­rectly at 5895635.

Re­port­ing crime

Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP would like to re­mind mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic that they are en­cour­aged to report any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing sus­pi­cious or crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity to their lo­cal po­lice de­tach­ment. You can report your in­for­ma­tion in per­son, by phone or you can do so anony­mously by call­ing Crime Stop­pers at 1-800222-8477. You can also go on l i ne at www.nl­crimestop­pers.com.

Const. John Clarke Com­mu­nity Polic­ing and Drug

Aware­ness Of­fi­cer Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Dis­trict RCMP

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