Beware Of Porch Pirates This Holiday Season: Huntsville OPP


The Huntsville OPP responded to 267 calls for service from Monday November 14, 2022, to Sunday November 20, 2022.

Traffic complaints and enforcement:

One hundred and ten investigations were conducted by detachment members during this time frame.

R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere)

Twenty-four, R.I.D.E lanes were set up by detachment members on area roadways during this time frame.

Motor Vehicle Collisions:

Twenty-five, motor vehicle collisions were investigated during this time frame. Please reduce your risk of being involved in a collision by following the rules of the road, and drive according to conditions i.e.: construction, weather, volume of traffic.

Domestic Violence Investigations:

Detachment members investigated 5 domestic disputes during this time frame. No charges were laid in relation to these 5 investigations.

Beware of Porch Pirates:

With holiday shopping season upon us, the Huntsville OPP is reminding the public to beware of “porch pirates”. Porch pirates are thieves who steal packages that are left at someone’s house when they are not home to accept the parcel.

Some tips to help keep delivered packages safe:

· Track deliveries online and try to be home at the time a package is delivered.

· Ask a trusted friend or neighbour to receive your package at the time of delivery.

· If allowed by an employer, have the packages delivered to your work.

–      Some stores provide a pickup-in-store service that allows you to pick up items from a nearer location.

–      Consider installing a motion-detection home security system that records video and sends immediate notice of activity to your cell phone.

A Few Common Frauds and How to Protect Yourself:

Emergency Fraud:

Fraudsters use social media, the internet, and phones to target potential victims with the emergency scam. Seniors receive a call claiming to be a family member or a close friend described an urgent situation that requires immediate funds. Common themes have been that the family member (e.g., grandchild) was arrested or got into an accident while travelling abroad. Monies are required for hospital expenses, lawyer fees or bail. Usually, the potential victim is instructed to send money via a money service business or through prepaid cards, like Green Dot Money Pack, Pay Safe, or other types of gift cards.

How to protect yourself

– Confirm with other relatives the whereabouts of the family member or friend.

– Police, judges, or legal entities will never make urgent request for money.

– Never voluntarily give out family members’ names or information to unknown   callers.

– Always question urgent request for money.

Service Fraud:

These frauds often involve offers for telecommunications, internet, finance, medical, and energy services. In addition, extended warranties, insurance, and sales services may fall under this category.

The most common involves consumers being tricked into having their computer cleaned or repaired. Fraudsters call and claim to be a representative from a well-known computer company such as Microsoft, Windows, or Apple. The fraudster will claim that the computer is sending out viruses or has been hacked and must be serviced. The fraudster will remotely access the victim’s computer and may run programs or alter settings. The fraudster will advise that a fee is required for this service and request payment by credit card or money service business. In certain cases, the fraudster will transfer funds from the victim’s computer through a money service business.

How to protect yourself

-Do not provide personal information.

-Computer companies will not conduct proactive outbound calls for computer repair.

-Never provide unsolicited callers remote access to your computer.

-Request a call back number, verify, and do your due diligence.

Reporting information to Police:

Anyone with information, dash camera, or home security video footage involving any incident is asked to contact Huntsville OPP Detachment at (705) 789-5551 or the OPP Provincial Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122.

You can also provide information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at When you contact Crime Stoppers you stay anonymous, you never have to testify, and you could receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 upon arrest.


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