CRIME ALERTS & UPDATES

Coordinator’s Update – January 18th

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

West Vancouver Police have responded to 208 calls for service since our last update.

**Click Here For Updated Block Watch Crime Alerts At WestVanPolice.ca**

Residential Break-ins

The New Year has begun very sadly for families impacted by home break-ins.

We have now had four Residential B&E reports since January 1st. Last week’s report from the Upper Dundarave/Queens Avenue area was followed so far this week by break-ins in Westmount/Altamont, Dundarave Village area & Cedardale/Keith Road area.

Alarms were not triggered in three of four Break-ins, which were discovered when families returned home. Active investigations are ongoing.

Officers & our Crime Analyst encourage all residents to remain alert and to call for a patrol response if you notice any suspicious persons, vehicles, or activity in your neighbourhood.

This includes individuals who appear to be in a neighbourhood for any extended period, approaching or leaving a property without apparent reason, or trying doors. 

Investigators consider it possible suspects were in the areas for some time ahead of break-ins assessing if residents were home. Please always remain watchful but also note, in these investigations, suspects appear to have struck in the early to mid evening hours.

Before leaving your home for any length of time, consider whether your home is adequately secured. If you have an alarm, always ensure it is set when you are away.  Review whether any accessible entry points have or need intrusion sensors. Our officers are ready to respond any time, day, or night but our response can be greatly helped with timely information from alarm systems or watchful neighbours. 

Fraud

Another week, more common Frauds reported. 

A victim responded to an online advertisement for rental of an Ambleside apartment and forwarded a deposit. The victim then discovered the purported realtor advertising the property was a fraud with no connection to the property.

Meantime, alert bank staff spared a resident from a version of the Cheque Overpayment Scam. The intended victim was offered payment for artwork advertised online.

The suspect offered payment with a cheque for an amount more than double the agreed price but then asked for the balance to be forwarded to another person.  The suspect’s cheque was flagged as fraudulent by the resident’s bank and the transaction was halted with no loss.

Check our Crime Alerts page for additional Fraud offences reported this week.

Click Here For Prevention Information on this Fraud from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Winter Conditions

From our Patrol & Traffic officers, please take care as you make your way around the community over the next several days. The winter conditions that descended on our region over the past several days will continue to impact driving conditions at least another day before rising temperature is forecast to bring a return to more familiar rainy conditions. If you know any vulnerable residents in your neighbourhood, consider checking on them.  Meantime, please drive safely & according to the conditions. 

If you see any 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: 604-925-7363

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