Mounties conduct raid at Old Home Week

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Officers seize counterfeit items at exhibition vendor

RCMP has seized some brand name clothing and accessories to check for counterfeits from an Old Home Week vendor.

The RCMP seized a large volume of counterfeit items from a clothing vendor at the provincial exhibition grounds Thursday.

The RCMP's Federal Enforcement Section conducted a search and seizure on a vendor at Old Home Week and found the vendor was selling a variety of brand name clothing and accessories.

The seizure occurred as a result of a routine check for detection of counterfeit products.

No arrests have been made and no charges have been laid as of yet but the investigation continues.

"While most people are aware of counterfeit brand name clothing, sunglasses and handbags, they don't also realize counterfeits can pose a real threat to their health and safety," states the RCMP news release.

To distinguish a counterfeit item from the real thing, look for the four "P"s;

1. Does the price seem reasonable? If the price seems too good to be true it probably is.

2. Is the packaging suitable for the product? Are there spelling errors or plastic packaging on an expensive product?

3. Are you familiar with the place of purchase? Does it make sense that the product is being sold there?

4. Does the product's quality seem acceptable? Watch for things like poor stitching, incorrectly spelled words, missing information like where it was made, and the like.

To report the sale of counterfeit goods or for more information, call the RCMP at 566-7130, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Organizations: RCMP, Crime Stoppers

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  • Just Sayin
    August 17, 2012 - 08:42

    Yep, sale of counterfeit goods contributes to organized crime, financing their other illegal activities. Those who whine about "deal with real crime" should realize how they are intertwined. Same as whining about getting a speeding ticket, one for going through a stop sign, etc....How many injuries would be prevented if people on the Island actually learned how to drive, follow road rules, use common courtesy? Go through a stop sign, hit someone then ask, why are they picking on me? Hmmmm, a little education goes a long way.

  • Adam
    August 17, 2012 - 08:37

    To all the previous commenters who think that this doesn't matter, counterfeit products have been linked to groups helping to fund organized crime and terrorism overseas.

  • mario
    August 17, 2012 - 08:28

    So here we have the government paying to have police in place to protect the companies that make the same crap for pennies in China and sell it in Canada for thousands. Sounds like someone higher up is getting a piece of the pie.

  • redman
    August 16, 2012 - 22:25

    Finally I can sleep tonight with these guys off the street,,great work super cop squad

  • Gerard
    August 16, 2012 - 19:07

    Good work R. C. M. P. GO AFTER THEM........TOO MUCH CORRUPTION IN THIS WORLD..........

  • Donnie
    August 16, 2012 - 19:01

    I can't believe they didn't discover large quantities of illegal drugs while they were there....

  • Jarrod
    August 16, 2012 - 18:27

    ...to the surprise of no one.

  • so - what
    August 16, 2012 - 17:09

    WHOPPIE-DOO. The COPS can't Bust The too numerous P.E.I DRUG IMPORTERS And DEALERS --- BUT They can something like This where alot of the poorer School Kids can show up at School dressed so They won't be Teased & Bullied at School in a Name-Brand Tee-Shirt. --- For Gawd's Sake put your policing time & resources into what really matters on backwards P.E.I.

    • David
      August 16, 2012 - 23:46

      Counterfeit clothing often isn't flame proof as genuine name-brand clothing is, it's not just price or poor stitching it's safety. Some poor school kid wearing a fake shirt will be burned severely because fake clothing burns easily due to lake of flame proofing to save money. Why is it "either or"? Why do police have to pick one group to target go after, they can go after and arrest them all, counterfeit items funds gangs as much as drugs do.

    • to 'so what'
      August 17, 2012 - 06:55

      While you are entitled to your opinion....apparently you do not grasp the obvious...a crime is a crime.