Coordinator’s Update – July 04

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

West Vancouver Police have responded to 303 calls for service since our last update.

Block Watch Crime Alerts for June 28th to July 4th are attached.

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Summer Heat & Crime Prevention

The weather forecast indicates our region is headed for prolonged summer heat over the next several days, making it a good time to remind all not to let rising temperatures result in you lowering your guard.

We understand opening doors or windows for any cooling breeze can help get through hot days & evenings, however, we urge you to keep in mind that any entry or window left unsecured and unattended can provide an easy path for thieves.  If you are leaving your home for errands, take time to secure any accessible entries. If you need ventilation of an open window or sliding door, ensure you have adequate secondary locks installed that allow the entry or window to be open, but not wide enough for a suspect to enter through.

As always, avoid leaving any valuables in an unattended vehicle, especially if you are leaving windows open.

If you are getting away, consider diverting mail and package delivery, or have family/friends retrieve it for you. Avoid posting vacation plans on social media. Don’t leave valuables in any place where they can be seen through an exterior window.

If you rely on a web-based security camera or alarm system that delivers alerts to a smart phone or tablet, we urge you to remember your system will not be able to deliver an alert if your device is away from internet either on airplane mode or elsewhere.  Consider having someone monitor your alarm system while you are traveling.


Several thefts reported this week involved items of value being left unsecured.  Reports range from an unattended backpack in Ambleside Park, valuables left in unsecured lockers at the community centre to items left in an unlocked vehicle in an Ambleside residential driveway. Thieves are always looking for easy opportunities.  We urge you to ensure your valuables are not the next target.

West Vancouver Police In The Community – Pulling Together Canoe Journey

Watch for our WVPD Canoe Ch’ich’iyuy, officers and youth paddlers, joining this year’s Pulling Together Canoe Journey July 10-14th.  The Journey is an annual gathering of Indigenous Youth, Police & other enforcement agencies, travelling together, learning about Indigenous Canoe Culture, and working toward greater understanding.  This year’s journey will travel between communities of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw(Squamish Nation). The paddlers will journey from Porteau Cove to Horseshoe Bay July 11th, from Horseshoe Bay to Ambleside July 12th, and will paddle to several locations including HMCS Discovery in English Bay & Burrard Inlet July 13th.

Jeff Palmer

Block Watch & Operational Support Coordinator

West Vancouver Police

t: 604-925-7300

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