Block Watch Coordinator Update Oct 27
Updated: Nov 16
Good morning, Block Watch Captains, Co-Captains & Participants!
Our Crime Alerts for Oct 21st – 27th are posted.
Among over 250 calls for West Vancouver Police service since our last Crime Alerts, homes under construction were an unfortunately inviting target for thieves.
Among 7 residential break-ins reported during the past week, Police were called to a home in the 2600 block of Mathers Avenue October 22nd after a garage door deadbolt had been pried. Recently delivered appliances were stolen. Just a day later, a break-in through the front door of the same home was discovered, with high value electronics taken. An unfortunately similar story at a home in the 2300 block of Palmerston, a pried door break-in with a significant property loss was discovered October 23rd. On October 26th, officers doing proactive patrols in the area determined the home had been targeted again.
West Vancouver Police urge property owners to maintain alarms & other security measures during construction periods, especially when valuable appliances, electronics or furnishings have been delivered to a site. Block Watch participants can help neighbours by remaining alert to any unusual activity on any nearby construction site. Call West Vancouver Police if any suspicious individuals or activity are noted.
There was good news among patrol reports this week. A visiting family member overhearing an elderly resident’s phone call recognized an attempt of the ‘Grandparent Scam’ was in progress. A caller falsely claimed to be a lawyer seeking bail money for the intended victim’s grandchild. The alert family member helped disconnect the call and contact police, with no financial loss for the intended victim.
In a separate file, a resident browsing the internet inadvertently ended up on a page showing a false alert that spyware was detected on their computer. The resident called a number provided but thankfully recognized that it was a scam when the suspected fraudster asked to be paid with cheques forwarded to a US Post Box. Again, the call was terminated, police were called, with no financial loss.
And the 529 Garage Bicycle Registry brought good news for the owner of a stolen bicycle. Patrol Officers checking a cyclist near Marine Dr. & Taylor Way October 23rd in relation to observed traffic offences noted a 529 Garage sticker on the bike. A query through the 529 App determined the bike had been stolen in North Vancouver. Owner & bicycle re-united.
Thanks very much for very kind emails in response to my first Crime Alerts last week. Much appreciated, and I am looking forward to work with all of you.