March 15th, 2020 to March 22nd, 2020

Town of LaSalle has declared State of Emergency
On March 22nd, Mayor Marc Bondy declared the Town of LaSalle to be in a State of Emergency due to two on-going situations faced by the town at this time.

The first matter is COVID-19. In the declaration the Town urges everyone to follow the advice of medical professionals and credible news reports. They have also fielded reports / complaints about persons who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or may have travelled and are not self-isolating or practicing social distancing. This declaration is meant to emphasize the importance for all of us to continue to follow the protocols and procedures set forth by our medical professionals and not as a declaration of widespread fear and panic.

Mayor Bondy, along with Members of Council, communicate with Administration, Police and Fire Services on a daily basis to monitor this ever changing and evolving health issue.

For additional information please see links below:
Town of LaSalle: www.lasalle.ca/news
Windsor Essex County Health Unit: www.wechu.org
Health Canada: www.canada.ca/en/health-canada.html

We at the LaSalle Police Service ask that you follow the appropriate protocols, wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, practice social distancing, and stay home.

Social distancing does not mean you have to lock yourself in your house. Go outside, go for a walk, and get some fresh air. Social distancing, however, means not going to hang out with your family and your friends. School aged kids are out of school during this time as a result of this global emergency. Having a day off from school is usually a time where kids can get together and hang out, play games and have sleep-overs. Unfortunately this is not simply a day off nor is it the time for such activities. We ALL MUST practice social distancing for all of our sakes and health. This crisis will pass in time but only if we ALL do our part. Please don’t ignore the importance of following the advice of our medical experts. Many lives depend on your cooperation. We are all in this together.

The second matter is potential flooding in LaSalle due to extremely high water levels.

For more information on the above please visit the Town of LaSalle website at: www.lasalle.ca/en/index.asp

In his press release on March 23rd, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated with reference to the COVID-19 pandemic “Go home and stay home”

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Child Seat inspection / Installation

For a number of years, the LaSalle Police Service has provided the citizens of the Town of LaSalle and surrounding communities with assistance in inspecting and installing child seats in motor vehicles. We regularly hold child seat inspection / installation clinics as well as take appointments to make sure that your little ones can ride safe and secure. We also provide peace of mind to families, ensuring that the child seat is installed correctly and is in good working order. The various models and configurations can sometimes make it difficult and confusing to install and we understand your concern to ensure that it is installed correctly with the safety of the child in mind.

With reference to COVID-19;

The LaSalle Police Service is actively monitoring the reports of Coronavirus (COVID-19) from credible sources and considering how the COVID-19 as well as other respiratory diseases (e.g. cold and flu) will affect our community and organization. In collaboration with the Municipality of the Town of LaSalle and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, we are working to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Our main focus is the health, safety, and well-being of our community and staff which remains paramount.

For the time being, the LaSalle Police Service is encouraging persons requiring a child seat install to contact us by phone to determine if we are able to accommodate this request. We will not turn anyone away but priority will be given to persons requiring an installation in order to prepare to bring a newborn home from hospital. If you require a child seat adjustment, such as changing from rear facing to front facing, please determine the urgency of this adjustment as we go through this community crisis. Research indicates that a rear facing child seat is the safest position overall, however if your child has completely outgrown this position we will certainly be there to help you.

There will be a health questionnaire to complete prior to any inspection / installation;

1. Have you travelled in the last 14 days? If yes, where have you travelled?
2. Are you currently experiencing any of the following symptoms?
• Fever
• Cough
• Difficulty Breathing
• Chest Pains
• Shortness of Breath
Response options YES or NO
3. Do you believe you have come in close contact with someone who may have or who has need confirmed to have COVID-19?
Response options YES or NO

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Members of the LaSalle Police Service, working from Monday March 16th to Sunday March 22nd, were kept busy responding to 331 occurrences and calls for service. Some of the many calls and occurrences include:

20 – Emergency 911 Calls
6 – Alarms
1 – Break and Enter
7 – By-Law Complaints
1 – Domestic Dispute
6 – Driving & Traffic Complaints
2 – Harassment Complaint
2 – Impaired Driving Complaint
1 – Insecure Premises
2 – Mental Health Act Matters
5 – Mischiefs
1 – Missing Person
1 – Motor Vehicle Collision
12 – Suspicious Activity
9 – Thefts
1 – Theft of Vehicle
2 – Threats Complaints
3 – Trespass Complaints
64 – Traffic Stops & Vehicle Checks
2 – Wellness Checks
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COVID-19 Scams
There have been a number of reports across the province reporting how people are using this global emergency to try to defraud others by various means such as phone calls, text messages, and door to door “agents” misrepresenting themselves in an effort to sell goods or for other more nefarious intentions. We have received complaints at the LaSalle Police Service for this as well.
Please be extra vigilant and do not fall prey to these scams. Always obtain your information from a trusted source such as direction from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Q. What should I do if someone comes to my house, calls me or sends a text asking for donations or selling products and services or telling me that I require a COVID-19 test?

A. We would like to remind the public to be extra vigilant when it comes to those trying to sell or provide products or services associated to Covid-19.
Reliable, accurate and up-to-date information is provided through local public health officials. Anyone who believes they have been approached or contacted by someone who is misrepresenting themselves in an effort sell goods or services should report this immediately to their local police service.

Town of LaSalle residents are encouraged to report on-line at: https://www.lasallepolice.ca/report-incident/

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March 16
Theft under $5000
After receiving a web report involving a theft of tools an officer was dispatched to Donato Drive in response to the complaint. The officer met with the reporting person who advised the tools had been stored in a construction trailer on a job site on Donato Drive. The trailer was broken into sometime between 5:00pm Friday evening and 9:00am Saturday morning and approximately 10-15 tools were stolen with an estimated value between $2000-$2500. Officers are continuing to investigate and request anyone in the neighbourhood with surveillance cameras to check their footage during the time mentioned above and contact the station with any information. Reference occurrence #20-3353 – 519 969-5210.

March 17
Missing Person
Just after 10:00am, LaSalle Police Service was contacted with regards to a report of a missing person. The reporting person advised that their family member left their home the previous day in the family vehicle and not been seen or heard from since, which is completely out of character for them. Police used several techniques of locating this person and were able to determine that they had been in London, Ontario during the evening of March 16th. A bulletin was sent out to area police departments as well as various police agencies across Ontario in an effort to locate this person and ascertain their well-being. A family member was able to make contact with the missing person who advised that they were in Port Dover which was confirmed by their mobile phone carrier. During their conversation, it was noted that the person was not making sense while speaking. The person in question is diabetic and had not eaten for some time. With the assistance of the family member and the Ontario Provincial Police, LaSalle Police dispatch was able to guide officers to the persons location where they were located on Highway #3 just outside of Aylmer, Ontario. As a result, this person was transferred to hospital for a full evaluation due to concerns about their diabetes and blood pressure. The family was contacted and advised he had been located and was being transported to hospital.

If you have diabetes it is extremely important to follow the guidance of your medical practitioner, eat meals at regular intervals and take any required medication at prescribed times. It is also important to check your blood sugar regularly and to carry glucose tablets or hard candy with you in the event of a low blood sugar emergency. This along with regular exercise can assist you in maintaining a healthy blood glucose level.

Suspicious Circumstances/People
A LaSalle Police officer received a message via Facebook regarding suspicious activity in their neighbourhood which had occurred a couple of days prior. This neighbourhood was recently the target of thefts from vehicles and as a result the residents have been vigilant and wary. The reporting persons advised that on March 15th, around 5:30pm, they observed two males walking along people’s front lawns, in close proximity to residences, all the way down one side of Ramblewood and then back up the other side. During this time, they were observed peering into two vehicles at two different residences as well as venturing into people’s backyards. Photos and a video footage was provided by the reporting person however it was taken from some distance. The two males were described as being of Indian or similar decent, both wearing brown jackets. One male appeared to be elderly and was wearing a orange turban. The second male was younger and was wearing a black toque and carrying a brown satchel. The last backyard they exited, the younger male no longer had his satchel. The two males were unrecognizable from the complainant as being local residents and were not attempting to approach front doors to make door-to-door contacts. At this time is is unknown what these males were doing or what their intentions were.

If you see something suspicious or if something doesn’t seem right, call us right away and let us make sure. Call the non-emergency line at the LaSalle Police Service 519-969-5210 ext. 0. Our social media pages are monitored periodically and are not the best avenue to report a matter that requires immediate attention.

March 18
Traffic Stop: Part III Summons – Suspended Driving
Just after noon, an officer was on general patrol on Front Road and stopped a motor vehicle. The lone male driver failed to surrender a driver’s licence and a valid insurance card. Through investigation, the driver was revealed to have a suspended driver’s licence for unpaid fines and knew he shouldn’t have been driving a motor vehicle on a highway. Proof of insurance was later provided and the male was served with a Part III Summons for “Driving While Under Suspension” and the motor vehicle was left parked, not impeding traffic. Driving while under provincial suspension caries a minimum fine of $1000.00 upon conviction.

March 21
Shoplifting in Progress: Windsor Crossings Dollarama
At around 12:00pm, an officer was checking the property of the Windsor Crossing Outlet Mall when she was dispatched to Dollarama for reports of a person in the process of shoplifting and was still inside the store, concealing items within their baggage. The officer arrived, met up with the store manager and approached the person who was cooperative with the officer. A number of goods from the store were found and returned without incident. The person was cautioned for theft and trespassed from the Dollarama located at Windsor Crossings Premium Outlets.

March 22
Mischief: Property Damage
An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Vandernoot for reports of mischief. The caller stated that one of his overhead garage doors, vehicle and exterior brick were spray painted with black paint overnight between 10:30pm 7:00am. The neighbourhood was canvassed and the matter is still under investigation.

As the officer was leaving from the above incident, he was flagged down by another neighbour stating that he had some property damage done to this vehicle in the driveway as well. He stated that two out of his four tires were slashed. Upon investigation, the officer noted that the tires had been deliberately punctured by a large edged tool/knife. This matter also remains under investigation.

If you have any insight or information regarding these two incidents’, the LaSalle Police Service urges anyone to come forward with their information.
Call 51-969-5210 ext. 0, to speak with an officer.

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If anyone has any information on these or any other criminal offences please contact the LaSalle Police Service on the non-emergency line 519-969-5210 or Crime Stoppers at https://www.catchcrooks.com/ 519 258-8477. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911.