Swarming at Ancaster Fair

Hamilton Police Service continue to observe an increase in youth-related robberies and swarming incidents at community festivals and fairs.

On Saturday 23, 2023, several swarming incidents occurred at the Ancaster Fair. In one instance, the victim was swarmed and robbed of their property. The victim was transported to hospital with minor injuries. These incidents are troubling and are currently under investigation.      

With the Rockton Fair two weeks away, Hamilton Police continue to urge the public to be aware of their surroundings when attending festivals.

In light of these events, the Hamilton Police continue to offer safety tips:

1. Avoid Displaying Valuables: conceal valuable items such as smartphones, jewelry, and wallets to minimise the risk of being targeted.

2. Travel in Groups: Whenever possible, attend festivals and fairs with a group of friends or family members to enhance safety and deter potential incidents.

3. Stay vigilant: Be aware of your surrounding and trust your instincts.  

If something feels off or suspicious, do not hesitate to seek assistance from event security or police.

Hamilton Police Service remains committed to the safety and security of all community members.  We encourage everyone to enjoy festivals responsibly and look out for each other.

If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with the investigation into these crimes, please contact Division 3 Staff Sergeant at 905-546-3886.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tip online at www.crimestoppershamilton.com