Waterloo Regional Police Release Third Phase of Robbery Education Campaign

Once upon a crime

Waterloo Region, Ontario – The Waterloo Regional Police Service has launched a three-part robbery education campaign to bring awareness to three different types of robberies that have been occurring regularly in Waterloo Region. 

The campaign, entitled #OnceUponACrime, showcases real stories of real people who have fallen victim to different types of robberies in Waterloo Region. The robberies fall into three categories – Online Buy/Sell, Food Delivery, and Person-on-Person. Along with stories, safety tips will be provided to help prevent residents from falling victim to crime.

During the month of September, the focus is on person-on-person robberies.  

Dave’s Story

It was 1:45 a.m. on a cool Saturday evening. Dave was smoking his vape and walking home alone in the University Avenue area of Waterloo. He was approached by three males who demanded his vape. Dave refused to hand it over.

The three males then started punching and kicking Dave in his face and head. The three suspects then took the vape and ran off. Dave was able to make it to his home where he called 911.

“I got jumped,” he says.

Emergency Services arrived and transported Dave to the hospital to be treated for injuries sustained to his face.

Person-on-person robberies often occur when one or more suspects approach a victim in situations where they are vulnerable due to factors such as time of day, location, and a lack of potential witnesses. The suspects use violence or the threat of violence, and intimidation to commit a robbery. When people are distracted or not aware of their surroundings, these types of robberies can occur without warning. If you are out walking, make sure you are not texting or talking on your phone so you can be aware of any suspicious people who may approach you. Do not display or advertise the items you have, such as your phone or other electronic devices.

When you are out walking, take precautions, remain alert and consider the following:

  • Store your devices out of sight and in a secure place.
  • Avoid walking with earphones showing or in your ears.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Walk in groups when possible.
  • Stay in well-lit and busy areas.
  • Record all serial numbers and IMEI numbers on your electronics to assist police in identifying and verifying your property. The IMEI is often a 15 digit number that can be located on the packaging of your device or can be displayed in the ‘settings’ area of your phone.
  • Utilize security features such as “find my phone” or other apps to track your electronic device if it is lost or stolen.

If you become a victim of a robbery, you are encouraged to call police immediately. Providing a description of the suspect(s) and the last direction of travel will also assist police in their efforts in locating potential suspects.

Media Inquiries

Constable Andre Johnson
Public Information Officer, Executive Branch
Waterloo Regional Police Service
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8106

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