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Hamilton Police Service

Police Beat: Hamilton police officers investigate string of break-ins

Cst. John Rusnak, Hamilton Police Service

Hello Flamborough.

The past week was filled with the usual calls for service, which kept our officers busy.

In the rural areas of the community, a number of unlocked vehicles were entered and articles were taken.

Remember to always lock your vehicles and remove any valuables.

Property owners have reported several incidents of trespassing involving dirt bike and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders.

Riders are using farmers’ fields as their playgrounds. Please be respectful of these properties and remember that crops and livestock may be damaged or injured due to your thoughtless actions.

In Waterdown, three break-and-enters occurred between 4:20 and 6 a.m. on December 12. Police believe one individual is responsible for all entries. Security video footage shows a male wearing light clothing and a bandana. Other evidence collected at the scenes is being carefully analyzed in hopes of identifying the culprit.

For a number of years, road safety in Ontario has been the realm of the Ontario Traffic Council. This is a group of professional people, who came together in 1950, with the goal of making our roads the safest in the world.

Everything from how highways are built, the type of stoplights used, paint used to line our roads, signage and speed limit requirements are part of their mandate.

Years ago, our roads were a jumbled mess of different signs, speed limits and road construction methods. Road signage changed between townships and cities; there was no consistency.

The Ontario Traffic Council was formed with a membership consisting of traffic engineers, police services and Ministry of Transportation staff.

Standards

Thanks to their hard work, we now have standardized traffic manuals, which dictate how things are done by traffic people across the province.

Engineering, education and enforcement were the main proponents of the OTC’s standards. They remain so today.

This will be my last article for 2012, so have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

Drive safely.

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