Block Watch Coordinator Update Nov 17
Good day, Block Watch Captains, Co-Captains & Participants!
A sadly familiar lesson surfaced among 200 calls for police service since our last Crime Alerts. Unsecured storage of valuables creates an easy opportunity for thieves. An opportunity discovered & not quickly addressed provides a powerful incentive for offenders to come back.
Highlighted among this week’s crime reports, garage break-ins. Suspects targeted a home in the 600 block of Esquimalt Avenue overnight from November 10th to the 11th. An unsecured side door to the garage provided an easy path in for theft of a $6000 Mountain Bike. Unfortunately, two days later, suspects made entry again through the same garage side door still unsecured at the same residence. Additional bicycles & power tools valued at approximately $5400 were taken.
A regular review of how your home & any items of value are secured is a must. Property criminals will certainly look for easy opportunities. Making your home a more difficult target reduces your risk of being targeted for theft.
Security of any access control tools or devices is also critical. A garage in the 1400 block of Chippendale Road was broken into in the early hours of November 15th, after suspects forced open an external lock box containing gate & garage door openers. Fortunately, while a vehicle in the garage was thoroughly rummaged through, no access was gained to the home itself, and nothing was stolen.
Bicycle & e-Scooter Thefts
If you take your bicycle, e-Bike or e-Scooter to get your shopping done, please consider whether the lock you use is adequate. Two e-Scooters & an e-Bike were stolen this past week, after being left locked outside retail shops. Cable locks, especially light duty cable locks can be readily cut. Here is some 2013 Surveillance Video of how quickly it can happen, and how thieves can make it look like they are simply unlocking a bike.
There have been 7 such thefts over the past four weeks in commercial shopping areas across the District.
Register your bicycle on the 529 Garage program. For more information on 529 Garage bicycle registration click westvanpolice.ca/services/bicycle-registration-529-garage
And welcome to our newest active Block Watch in the 1600 & 1700 Blocks of Palmerston Avenue! If your loved ones or friends living in West Vancouver are not part of an active Block Watch, please don’t hesitate to share my contact information with them, and we can get more neighbourhoods involved!
Block Watch & Operational Support Coordinator
West Vancouver Police Department | Serving with Honour
t: 604-925-7363 | c: 604-785-2446