Crime on the Rise in OOE

By Leslie Anne Michelson

Crime in OOE this summer saw a sudden spike.

Some residents have become alarmed at the increased number of thefts, break and enters and even home invasions that have taken place.

According to Ottawa police, there were more than 48 property crimes this summer. On average, there was approximately one crime committed every three days in our neighbourhood.

This included a 28 percent spike in crimes involving theft under $5000 and an even larger increase of 63 percent involving theft of cars – most of which from were taken from residents’ driveways.

One of the more serious incidents involved Alex Demarsh, a resident on Springhurst. He was asleep with his family during a home invasion in August.

Demarsh was woken up by his pregnant wife around 4 a.m. when a young man began rummaging through their jewelry drawer a foot away from their bed. After confronting the man and chasing him out, Demarsh was surprised to find the rest of the house in disarray.

Left without a cell phone, he called police via Skype. Although they responded quickly, the crime left the family shaken.

Other residents on Springhurst, Rosemere, Evelyn, and Chestnut streets have also fallen victim to incidents of theft over the past few weeks. Items stolen included vehicles, bicycles, tools, money, and electronics.

Old Ottawa East has traditionally been a tight-knit neighbourhood with families, community barbeques, and organized non-for-profit events.

OOE residents can take some precautions to reduce their chances of falling victim to theft and deter future property crimes in their neighbourhood, authorities say.

They encourage residents to notify neighbours of any suspicious activity in the community, and keep doors, garages, sheds and cars locked. Ottawa Police also recommend securing windows to minimize break and enters and installing lights outside homes to discourage criminals from approaching.

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