Since 2014, shoplifting cases dealing with theft under $5,000 have seen a steady rise in the GTA with the current number this year totalling 16,667 different instances. It's clear that the police want to get a grip on the situation that is beginning to get out of hand, but their latest resolution is definitely not the first thing most people would have thought of. That being, to let first offenders go free.
Ideally, this new pilot project will mean that once a thief is caught, a phone call is placed to the police where an officer will retrieve the necessary information before the accused is let go. The individual will not face charges if they're a first time offender.
That's right - The Star reports that the new pilot project that is being calledShop Theft is part of an initiative to limit the number of police officers who have to spend time answering to low priority situations. Instead of showing up in person, everything is going to be happening over the phone.
As of now, the program is being tested in two police divisions with the opportunity to be established city-wide if it proves to be successful. Though there are some requirements for first-time offenders to get away prosecution free. The thief in question must be 18 years of age or older, the item(s) they are accused of stealing must be worth under $1,000 and finally, they must have an ID on hand.
Since the pilot project has been running since November 1st, it'll be a few more months until we reach the 90-day mark where the project will be held under review to see if it is working or not. It's safe to say that the results from that project will definitely be interesting to see!
If you can't wait for a celebrity spotting while he's filming in Ontario this summer, there are a bunch of Zac Efron movies on Netflix Canada to hold you over and make sure you are super familiar with the actor before he arrives.
Efron is set to star in the upcoming film Firestarter, based on the Stephen King book, which is filming in Hamilton from May 25 to July 21 of this year, according to Ontario Creates.
Why You Need To Watch It: If you love true crime this one is for you. Zac Efron plays the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy in this drama, which is based on a true story. The plot follow's Bundy's romance and relationship with a single mom named Liz.
Why You Need To Watch It: For this movie, the Franco brothers teamed up to tell the story of making the cult film The Room. The star-studded affair features Zac Efron as one of the actor characters and so many other big names like Seth Rogen and Alison Brie.
Why You Need To Watch It: If you're looking for a light-hearted comedy to take your mind off things, look no further. Zac Efron and Robert De Niro road tripping and getting into all sorts of trouble is a perfect weekend watch.
Why You Need To Watch It: This is one of those films that features tons of celebrities and follows a bunch of intercepting storylines all taking place on, you guessed it, New Year's Eve. For Zac Efron's part, his character is on a mission to help Michelle Pfeiffer's character complete all her resolutions before the year is over.
Why You Need To Watch It: This flick from 2009 is the ultimate Zac Efron throwback to a time when he was still rocking that long-bangs look that was super popular back then. Plus, the plot involves a major time vortex, which is always fun!
Why You Need To Watch It: This movie remake of the iconic musical fell right in the middle of Zac Efron's High School Musical era and features him playing teen heartthrob Link Larkin with lots of singing and dancing to enjoy.
Why You Need To Watch It: While this one isn't a movie, this Netflix Original mini docu-series shows Zac Efron travelling the world, experiencing different cultures, and finding healthy and sustainable ways to live.