POLICE WARN ABOUT “BIKER SWAG”

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(ONTARIO) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau is seeking the assistance of the public. The OPP’s Biker Enforcement Unit is assisting the OPP Norfolk County Crime Unit in investigating two separate incidents that occurred in Port Dover on Friday the 13th, 2018. In both incidents there were threats of violence and intimidation between Hell’s Angels and Outlaw members.

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The OPP had concerns for motorcycle enthusiasts attending this event as tensions between members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Gang and Hells Angels Motorcycle Club have been mounting.

Police say seemingly harmless activities like purchasing and wearing support gear or participating in charitable activities organized by these gangs directly fuel further illegal activities such as drug trafficking, violence and intimidation, and human trafficking.  

Friday the 13th is an opportunity for the criminal element to syphon huge profits from this large gathering.

The OPP warn the public that the open display or wearing of any recognized gang-related clothing or paraphernalia may put them at risk of being targeted by rival outlaw motorcycle gang members this weekend.

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It is well known that Friday the 13th events in Port Dover attract the vast majority of law abiding motorcycle enthusiasts and their followers along with those who live and promote a lifestyle outside of the laws of Canada,” says Chief Superintendent John Sullivan, Commander of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau.

“We needeveryone to clearly understand both the immediate risksand the longer term community safety threats that outlaw motorcycle gang members present. The last thing we want is someone unintentionally getting caught in the middle for simply wearing the wrong t-shirt or ball cap.

The OPP had a highly visible police presence in and around Port Dover with a heavy focus on traffic flow and direction throughout the event to ensure everyone’s safety.

What are your thoughts about buying and wearing biker gear? Harmless or fueling illegal activity? Leace your two-cents in the comments.

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Source: OPP Media Release

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