Dwindling visits lead Halton police to close substation
Halton police shut down its Burlington substation at the end of April after seeing fewer people filing reports there in recent years.
Only six police reports were generated from people stopping by the substation — located at 760 Brant St. — in 2016, police said in a media release last week.
According to police, most people went in to ask for directions or drop off property they found.
Halton police say the decrease in visitors filing reports can be largely attributed to technological advances, as people are obtaining information from police on social media and reporting crimes online instead of in person.
Because of this, police said they don’t anticipate the closure of the substation will affect people requiring service.
“By freeing officers from behind their desks, we have more flexibility to respond to the ever-changing needs of our community,” Supt. Al Albano, commander of 3 District in Burlington, said in a media release.
The substation opened in 2007 when Burlington’s 3 District moved from its former downtown location to Constable Henshaw Boulevard.