Calls for Service
Kingston Police had 107 calls for service during the 24 hour period starting from 5:00 a.m. on December 13, 2016. Of these 78 calls occurred in the city central area, 23 in the west end, five in the east end, and none north of Highway 401. Some of these included:
- 6 domestic calls
- 2 harassment calls
- 2 fight/disturbance calls
- 5 undesirable calls
- 1 customer trouble call
- 4 alarm calls
- 1 neighbour dispute call
- 3 noise complaints
- 1 missing person call
- 5 Mental Health Act calls
- 4 medical assist calls
- 4 assist citizen calls
- 2 break and enter calls
- 4 theft calls
- 3 shoplifting calls
- 1 mischief call
- 8 motor vehicle collisions
- 2 impaired driving calls
- 4 parking/vehicle complaints
- 3 driving complaints
- 7 suspicious activity calls
- 1 drug call
There were six individuals arrested within the last 24 hours, with two men and one woman, between 16 and 35 years of age, held for later release or to attend bail hearings for the following offences: arson, breach of Undertaking and an arrest warrant.
Residents are encouraged to view the Kingston Police Crime Mapping Tool that can be accessed through the website here. To further community awareness and improve accessibility to calls-for-police-service occurring in the community, Kingston Police has merged Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology with police calls-for-service data for user-friendly public consumption.
Youth Charged after Witness Observes Soccer Field House on Fire
A 16-year-old local male is facing an arson charge after a witness observed the youth lighting a local soccer field house on fire.
At approximately 11:30 p.m. on December 13, 2016, the witness was travelling along Rideau Street when he noticed flames coming from the field house between the two Caton’s soccer fields. He noticed a person with specific clothing around the building trying to force entry to the outbuilding. The witness drove around to the far side of the field located at the bottom of Russell Street and Bagot Street, where he saw the suspect reignite a larger fire.
Kingston Police was called and uniform patrol arrived on scene. The youth could be seen fleeing towards Rideau Street but a responding officer was able to stop and arrest him. Various accelerants and igniters were found on the youth upon being searched.
Entry was not gained to the field house and fire damage was limited to the exterior of the door and one wall. The youth was transported to police headquarters and held overnight to attend a bail hearing the following. A parent was notified of the youth’s location and charge.
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Parking Lot Altercation leads to Impaired Driving Charges and Suspension
A 20-year-old Kingston man is facing impaired driving charges after rear-ending a vehicle on Concession Street.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on December 13, 2016 the accused was driving on Concession Street between Alfred Street and Division Street. The accused rear ended another vehicle and then followed that vehicle to a convenience store at Division Street and Concession Street. An argument erupted between the two drivers and police were called by witnesses who feared it would turn physical. The accused became aggressive and the driver of the second vehicle left.
Shortly after officers arrived the driver of the second vehicle returned and police were able to speak with both parties. Officers formed grounds the accused had been drinking and a roadside device was used to test his level of blood alcohol. The accused failed the roadside test and was arrested for driving in excess of the legal limit of alcohol.
The accused was transported to police headquarters where he was given a breath test. The accused was found to have approximately twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system.
The accused was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and exceed 80 milligrams of blood alcohol. The accused was later released on a Promise to Appear (PTA) with a future court date. His driver’s licence is automatically suspended for 90 days and would face a one year suspension if convicted. The vehicle was seized and impounded for seven days, with the accused being responsible for all fees and fines.
Officers formed grounds the driver of the truck had also been drinking and a second roadside test was administered. It was confirmed the driver of the truck had some level of alcohol in his system and was issued a 3-day suspension under the Highway Traffic Act.
Kingston Police and Ontario Fire Marshall Investigate Princess Street Fire
On December 9, 2016 Kingston Fire and Rescue responded to a fire at 1055 Princess Street. Several government offices were destroyed as a result of the fire. The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM) attended to investigate and on December 12 provided information regarding their investigation to Kingston police.
Both Kingston Police and the OFM will continue to investigate.
Anyone with information is please asked to contact Detective Adam McMullen at 613-549-4660 ext 6281 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on the website at www.tipsubmit.com. Tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. Tips can also be left by private message to the Kingston Police Facebook Page, or via a Direct Message to the official Twitter account.
Kingston Police Participating in Province-wide Lock It OR Lose It Campaign to Prevent Thefts of Vehicle and Valuables Left in Plain View This Holiday Season
Kingston Police is reminding motorists and passengers to Lock It OR Lose It when it comes to their vehicles and valuables as part of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s (OACP) annual Lock It OR Lose It campaign.
Ontario police services are launching this year’s Lock It OR Lose It campaign during the holiday season because it’s easy to be distracted and leave vehicles unlocked or valuables in plain sight during the holiday hustle-and-bustle. The Kingston Police CORE Unit will use Lock It OR Lose It notices throughout the year as part of ongoing crime prevention efforts.
During the Lock It OR Lose It campaign, police officers, Kingston Police Community Volunteers (KPCV), and Youth In Policing Initiative (YIPI) students examine parked vehicles to confirm they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. They place a small notice on vehicles checked indicating what safety precautions were neglected and offer simple prevention tips for drivers to protect their vehicles against theft. The notices also congratulate drivers who have secured their vehicle.
Officers, volunteers and YIPI students will not be touching doors, handles or windows, nor will they be entering the vehicle. If a vehicle is visually deemed to be insecure or an invitation to thieves a small notice will be left on the windshield providing hints, tips and describing the Lock It OR Lose It program. Even vehicles that have no security risks will still have the same pamphlet placed on the windshield so that no vehicles are singled out as being vulnerable.
This year, police are particularly concerned that auto theft rates are up for the second consecutive year. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, there were nearly 79,000 incidents of motor vehicle theft reported by police in 2015, resulting in a rate of 220 per 100,000 population. Between 2014 and 2015, the rate of motor vehicle theft in Canada increased 6%. This was the second consecutive increase in the rate following ten years of declines.
Motorists and passengers are also urged not to keep personal documents such as vehicle ownership, liability pink slips, credit card invoices, or other documents containing personal information in their vehicles. Identity thieves are looking for such documents so they can assume identities, secure credit card accounts, lease vehicles for export, and even take out a mortgage against victims’ properties without their knowledge.
I’ve always felt very uneasy about cops going around opening citizen’s car doors while they are shopping with their car in the parking lot. Are they insurance company enforcers now? What next? Opening your front door, poking their head inside and yelling “YOU FAILED!”?