Keep an eye on older neighbours,police force urges Published Monday January 31st, 2011

The call follows a trio of deaths over the last year in which elderly citizens died in their homes, but no one knew they were deceased until days or weeks later.

Public warned of telephone scam 26 January 2011

The Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs has received several reports of individuals in the Bathurst area receiving telephone calls with a recorded message indicating they are calling from the court about unpaid fines for traffic violations.


Recent identity theft case an example of increase in crime Published Monday January 24th, 2011

Here are tips from the RCMP on how to avoid identity theft and fraud:

* Be wary of unsolicited emails, telephone calls or mail seeking personal or financial information from you;
* Regularly check your credit reports, bank and credit card statements and report any irregularities promptly to the relevant financial institution or to the credit bureaus;
* During transactions, swipe your cards yourself rather than let a cashier do it for you. If you must hand over your card, never lose sight of it;
* Always shield your personal identification number when using an ATM or a pin pad;
* Memorize all personal identification numbers for payment cards and telephone calling cards;
* Trash bins are a gold mine for identity thieves. Make sure you shred personal and financial documents before putting them in the garbage;
* And when you change your address, notify the post office and all relevant financial institutions.

Get active, get healthy and enjoy your old age Published Monday January 24th, 2011

Offenders on parole commit fewer offences of a less serious nature over a longer period of time than those who serve their full sentence and walk away from the big house.

Pat O'Brien works in the training and development field and consults on criminal justice matters. He can be reached at