Thunder Bay Police Deal with Over 200 Calls Per Day
THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Police are on the scene on Simpson Street at the entrance to the Kam River Park. Two police cars are protecting the taped off scene. Sources tell NetNewsLedger that earlier a tanker truck had been stopped at the scene.
The past twenty-four hours have been busy for police. An incident on Algoma Street near John Street has police seeking information from witnesses on an apparent deliberate hit and run.
Across the city in past weeks, there have been a string of break and enters. In the downtown south, there have been four unsolved break and enters over recent days. Merchants in the area are posting signs in their doorways that no cash is being left on the premises overnight.
Crafters Corner on Victoria Avenue East has had two break ins in the past week. The Consignment Art shop now faces a steep bill for replacing the window and door. Local Merchants, who have formed “We have a Neighbourhood to Build” a Facebook action group have formed a fund to help replace the broken windows. If you would like to help, you can stop by Steeper’s Tea on May Street South and make a donation.
Over the weekend, Steepers also was the victim of a break and enter.
Thunder Bay Police are using foot patrols during business hours to make our community safer.
Street Beat – Thunder Bay Police Service
Street Patrols at Night?
The street patrols are great during the day. However for many local merchants it is the hours from midnight until daybreak where their shops and businesses face the greatest risk. For small businesses, the losses from a smashed window can seriously impact their businesses.
Break-ins in the downtown are not just happening at the street level. They range from thieves climbing into the fourth floor offices in the Chapple Building (In that theft, it was computer equipment that was taken.), to thieves grabbing cash from the cash register during business hours. That happened to a local restaurant recently.
The message of crime prevention, not leaving cash on the premises, and installing security systems, cameras, and not leaving excess cash in the tills need to be shared.
Many local business owners are telling NNL that they seriously are questioning the effectiveness of the “Eye in the Sky” cameras. They are looking to police for greater patrols in the evening and overnight hours. Most businesses in the downtown are closed by five. Part of the reason is business owners do not feel as safe as they should in the area.