Police remind public Ontario Cannabis Store only source for legal pot

Crime Prevention Week is running from Nov. 4th through to the 10th and the Barrie Police Service is supporting the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s (OACP) 2018 Crime Prevention campaign encouraging the public to ‘Know Your Source.’
When making online or mail order purchases or purchasing products from private individuals, it is important for everyone to be aware and cautious of sophisticated fraud and cybercrime-related crimes that are becoming more complex and attracting more victims. The campaign also highlights the need for knowing your source when it comes to the purchase of cannabis and cannabis related products. The only legal source in Ontario remains the Ontario Cannabis Store.
“With the increasing popularity of online shopping, the prevalence of frauds and scams that prey on vulnerable individuals, and the legalization of cannabis, we all have to be vigilant. This year’s OACP Province-wide campaign asks each of us to be informed and careful about the sources of the products and services we purchase,” says Constable Julie Reynolds of the Barrie Police Crime Prevention Unit.
“The single most cost-effective way of bringing about community safety and well-being is preventing crime before it happens and that starts with each of us as individuals doing our part.”

Crime Prevention Week events include:

Tuesday, Nov. 6:
• Lock It Or Lose It, Georgian Mall, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
• Seniors Abuse Presentation, to be conducted in collaboration with the Prevention of Seniors Abuse Network. Barrington Retirement Residence from 2-4 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 7:
Crime Prevention Community Booth showcasing community engagement programs: COPS, Neighbourhood Watch, Citizen Police Academy – Georgian Mall, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 8:
Know Your Neighbours: Canvass high crime areas, to open dialogue with citizens about community participation in crime prevention initiatives – various locations from 1-3 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 9:
‘Know Your Source’ – marijuana legalization information booth at Georgian College, Outside The Last Class pub, from, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Crime prevention is a shared responsibility that requires the police and the community working in conjunction with one another in order to reduce opportunities that support any form of criminal activity.  Additional resources are also available at www.oacp.on.ca.