Dwin­dling vis­its lead Hal­ton po­lice to close sub­sta­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

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.

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