CRIME ALERTS & UPDATES

Block Watch Crime Prevention Update – March 7

Good Day Block Watch Captains, Co-Captains & Participants,

West Vancouver Police have responded to 232 calls for service since our last Block Watch Crime Prevention Update.

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WVPD Media Release – Drug Trafficking Investigation

For your information we share a media release from our Communications Section regarding a joint West Vancouver Police/North Vancouver RCMP Drug Trafficking investigation.

Click Here For Our Release At WestVanPolice.ca

March is Fraud Prevention Month 

West Vancouver Police and Block Watch join policing partners across the country this month in a campaign to help you understand & prevent Fraud. 

Fake Ticket Text Scam

Image of fake ICBC message claiming your vehicle was caught on automated speed detection & demanding payment

We have a warning from the BC Ministry of Public Safety about a new text scam.  The text falsely claims your vehicle was caught by automated speed detection and urges you to click on a link to avoid court and settle the infraction. The BC Ministry of Public Safety advises ICBC does not send text messages to customers about traffic violation tickets or payment requests.

If you receive a text like this, ignore and delete it. It is a scam.

Fraud Reports This Week

West Vancouver Crime Alerts this week include two separate reports of suspects calling & claiming to be staff from personal banks.

An Ambleside resident was asked to withdraw funds & make a deposit to a local Cryptocurrency ATM to help check if cash given by a teller was counterfeit. The resident did recognize it as a scam prior to any loss.

In a 2nd report, a British Properties resident was told by the suspect there was fraudulent activity on their account, and the bank needed to follow-up.  The caller sent a link and asked the resident to upload account information and a photo of their driver’s licence. Unfortunately, the victim realized it was fraud after unauthorized withdrawals & transfers from their account.

Fraud offences are persistent and frequently target vulnerable & Elderly persons. You are encouraged to share any Fraud Prevention information we bring you through Block Watch with your family & personal network. 

Our Community Services Team conducts regular Fraud & Crime Prevention Presentations in the community. We thank the West Vancouver Newcomers Club for their kind invitation for West Vancouver Police Community Services & Block Watch to speak with club members this week. If you would like to book a presentation for your community or social group, please don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected].

Please review Fraud types with all members of your family, particularly any elderly or vulnerable persons.

Click Here For Fraud Prevention Information From The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Break & Enter

Alert staff & a prompt Patrol response this week landed a suspect in custody for trespassing on a private dock in Horseshoe Bay & being found illegally staying aboard a moored vessel.

Theft

Vehicles subject of two separate Theft of Auto reports in our recent updates have been recovered.  A suspect was arrested by Kelowna RCMP after being found in a vehicle stolen from the Folkestone Area.

A vehicle stolen from the Gleneagles area was recovered unoccupied in Coquitlam.

If you see activity of concern, please don’t hesitate to call West Vancouver Police.

Call 604-925-7300 for non-emergency matters. Call 9-1-1 in an emergency, including events that involve an immediate threat to a person or property or to report a substantive crime in progress.

For updated crime alerts between our weekly updates click westvanpolice.ca/crime-alerts.  

Jeff Palmer

Block Watch & Operational Support Coordinator

West Vancouver Police

t: 604-925-7300

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