ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE
Safe and healthy communities play a big part in making Ontario a great place to live. Keeping Ontarians safe requires all of us – law enforcement, governments, businesses, community groups, and individuals – to work together. As Ontario’s police leaders, we strongly believe in community policing, cooperation, and
collaboration when it comes to preventing crimes.
Every year, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) launches a Crime Prevention Campaign in support of the positive work our police officers do to promote community safety. Our goal is to stop crime in its tracks.
The 2016 campaign focuses on financial crimes and fraud. These are crimes that victimize individuals from all walks of life. We want to raise awareness of the many different ways you can become a victim of the criminal activities involved in financial crimes and fraud. Our campaign theme, “Know Who You’re Dealing With…”, succinctly captures what all of us need to do in order to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our businesses.
Financial crimes may be carried out by individuals, corporations or by organized crime groups. Victims may include individuals, corporations, governments, and even our entire economy. These types of crimes can range from property crimes, fraud (i.e., credit card fraud, medical fraud, mortgage, securities and bank fraud,
point-of-sale fraud, etc.), and scams involving identity theft.
Significantly, technology is enabling criminals to develop new ways to victimize even the most careful of individuals. Financial crimes and fraud against vulnerable groups such as the elderly or new Canadians are especially concerning.