Good Day Block Watch Captains, Co-Captains & Participants,
West Vancouver Police have responded to 196 calls for service since our last update.
Chief John Lo – Winter Block Watch Newsletter
We are always grateful for you participation in & support of our program.
This week, Chief John Lo provides his latest direct update for Block Watch participants, including a review of successes revealed in 2023 West Vancouver Crime Stats, results of a special initiative targeting Shoplifting, and an update on our ongoing work recruiting the best police officers to keep our community safe.
Residential Break-ins & Theft
Security Vulnerability was again identified as a key factor in two additional residential break-ins this week.
A family returned to their home near Capilano Golf & Country Club to find suspects had broken through an upper floor primary bedroom balcony window while they were away. There was no active alarm at the home. Multiple rooms were targeted by thieves.
Meantime, at a home in the Upper Ambleside area, a garage door left open overnight, an unlocked car, vehicle fob, purse, ID & cash inside unfortunately left a clear path for thieves. Remote tracking helped locate & recover the vehicle the next morning. Unfortunately, the purse & contents were not recovered.
Please make it a daily routine to check whether you have properly secured your home, vehicle & any valuables before retiring for the night.
As always remain alert and call police if you notice any suspicious persons, vehicles, or activity in your neighbourhood.
Before leaving your home for any length of time, take a moment to consider whether your home is adequately secured, with an alarm properly set.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, we have a version of the ‘Romance Scam” to alert you to this week. A resident engaged in a dating relationship with person met online who then advised they had to travel overseas for work. The resident subsequently received emails claiming suspect had been injured in a workplace accident and needed money for expenses. Several transfers made before victim realized a scam was in progress.
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.
Block Watch & Operational Support Coordinator
West Vancouver Police