Break and enter, fraud calls up in Cobourg for latest 2-week reporting period

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Cobourg Police have seen a slight spike in certain areas of crime – such as burglaries and fraud reports – in recent weeks, police say.

As part of an ongoing campaign, the Cobourg Police Service publishes figures on current crime trends twice a month, specifically targeting burglary, theft, mischief, fraudulent calls, etc.

For the last reporting period from February 27 to March 12, the police responded to a total of 453 reported emergency calls.

Here’s the latest breakdown:

• Break and enters: Three; in the William Street, King Street East and Division Street areas.

•Theft from vehicles: One; Munroe Street area.

•Distraction theft: None reported.

•Mischief: One; Division Street area.

•Fraud Reports: Six; including Kijiji scams through fake identity, phishing emails, grandparent scams, bitcoin scams and fraudulent currency.

•Other: Robberies: Three; Division Street, William Street and D’Arcy Street.

In addition to this update, the service further highlights that operational reports are accessible and provided to the police department on a monthly basis. These operational reports provide breakdowns of service calls, year-to-year comparisons of crime trends and highlight calls of interest, the service said.

These reports are accessible via the Board Meeting Minutes online via the city’s eScribe platform.

Local residents can also access information about police activity through a crime mapping tool at

The service continues to offer Crime Prevention by Environmental Design (CPTED) audits to residents and business owners. Interested parties can send an email to [email protected]

Residents looking for tips on protecting their homes can visit

Police are also reminding residents that they can report non-urgent crimes such as theft, traffic complaints, property damage, vehicle damage and lost property online. To learn more or to submit a report, visit

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However, if you are in an emergency or witness a crime in progress, call 911 immediately, police added.

In 2022, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center (CAFC) received fraud reports totaling $530 million in victim losses. With the recent surge in local reports, police continue to encourage residents to do their research on spotting the tools scammers use to protect against fraud.

If you are a victim of a scam or know someone who has been a victim of a scam, contact the police to report the crime and report it to the CAFC at 1-888-495-8501 or online through the scam reporting system , even if no financial loss has occurred,” police said.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Center website provides a list of known scams and information so people can learn more about how to protect themselves.


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