Cobourg Police are investigating after a CCTV camera was damaged in an “incident of mischief”

The Cobourg Police Service (CPS) is investigating an incident of mischief on University Avenue East in the Town of Cobourg.

Sometime between the evening of November 9th and the morning of November 10th, the newly installed CCTV equipment was cut by what appears to be a reciprocating Sawzall. 

The CPS Crime Analytics Department determines the camera locations through the analysis of crime data. University Street is one of the areas included as part of the CCTV Community Safety Network. A CCTV camera was in the process of being installed as one of the 25 cameras that are part of the mesh network system in the downtown core. 

In November 2020, Cobourg Police Service received $200,000 from the Province through the Ontario Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) grant program to support the Community Safety Network enabling rapid post-event response for victim identification and crime prevention.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 905-372-6821 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or visiting Tips received through Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a cash reward. 

“The locations of the CCTV cameras are determined through crime data analysis. The CCTV cameras allow police to have rapid post-event response for victims of crime and ensure we are doing all we can to keep the community safe,” said Chief Paul VandeGraaf, Cobourg Police Service. “It is clear that someone does not want police in this area. The damaged equipment will be replaced and re-installed today.”

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