An RCMP cruiser at headquarters in Dartmouth. (Healey photo)

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ENFIELD:  Members with the East Hants RCMP responded to 93 calls for service between Jan. 12 and Jan. 19.

The following calls were highlights of what police were doing during the past week, as submitted by S/Sgt. Cory Bushell.

On January 12, East Hants RCMP received a complaint from a local resident that she was scammed on Facebook Marketplace. 

The victim made arrangements with a would-be seller to purchase a refurbished hot tub and sent $1500 in advance of the sale. Once the money was received, the seller would not return her calls. 

The victim now knows she was intentionally misled by the seller. The matter is still under investigation.

RCMP wants to remind citizens that online markets like Kijiji and Facebook Marketplace are crawling with thieves. Be smart when using these platforms. 

Never send money until the item being purchased is secured; meet sellers (or buyers) in a public place; if the deal is too good to be true – it is probably a scam; when posting photos of an item for sale, be aware of what is in the background of your photo – don’t give would be thieves a peek into your living room or garage full of expensive tools.

Also, if stolen goods are purchased and the buyer is found in possession of them, the goods will be confiscated by police without refund to the buyer and the buyer may be charged with a criminal offense.

 RCMP were called to the pond near the Milford Fire Hall on Jan. 12 by a concerned resident who saw kids skating on it. The complainant was fearful the ice was not thick enough for kids to be skating on.

An officer attended, assessed the thickness of the ice, confirmed it was safe and ensured parents where aware of the children’s whereabouts.

According to the Canadian Red Cross Safety Standards, four to six inches minimum is the standard ice thickness.

For more on the standard ice thickness: .

 RCMP are investigating an attempted break and enter into a locked vehicle in Shubenacadie in the early morning hours of Jan. 18.

Police say a Shubenacadie resident called to advise an unknown male was seen attempting to break into their locked vehicles at 2:00 in the morning.  Fortunately, the cars were locked, and nothing was taken.

Video surveillance shows a male in hoodie was the culprit.

Residents are reminded that theft is usually a crime of opportunity. Make your home and vehicles a hard target.

Keep doors locked, keep valuables out of sight, keep bushes next to your home trimmed if they could conceal a thief from view, consider outdoor lighting to discourage a thief from entering your property. 

Anyone with information on the identity of this individual is asked to contact the East Hants RCMP at 902-883-7077.

The matter remains under investigation.

During the past seven days, East Hants RCMP conducted nine check stops throughout the municipality. They are looking for unsafe vehicles (non-registered, non-inspected, uninsured), impaired drivers, and operators who are not supposed to be on the road (suspended or prohibited drivers).

In some cases, they also detect and or interdict a crime in progress.

“Our officers conduct such proactive initiatives in an effort to ensure your safety,” said S/Sgt. Bushell. “Please approach our check stops with caution to ensure our member’s safety as well.”

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