Coordinator's Update - Dec 15th
Good Day, Block Watch Captains, Co-Captains & Participants!
Thank you so very much for so many kind messages that followed the update this week on my return to work, and the even better news about arrival of my wonderful granddaughter.
It is very deeply appreciated; I now have an updated list of go-to community friends for grandparenting advice and please excuse the shameless inclusion of another photo!
There’s a fair bit to catch up on from the weeks I was away. Over 750 calls for West Vancouver Police assistance were received since our last Crime Alerts.
With the holiday season fully upon us, please ensure if you are headed out of town for family visits or other travel, that your property will be fully secured while ensuring any alarm system you have installed is checked, set & functioning properly.
As much joy as the holiday season can bring, sadly, it brings little relief from attempted frauds. From our WVPD Crime Analyst, information that reported Fraud offences in West Vancouver are up 52% year to date, including two reports highlighted in this week’s Alerts.
Increasing Fraud reports is a national trend. The graphic below outlines the most recent national statistics from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre on Fraud offences across Canada. Of note, Fraud offences involving cryptocurrency have risen dramatically here and across the country.
Learning about fraud trends can help protect you & your loved ones from becoming a victim. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any crime prevention information you need.
Block Watch & Operational Support Coordinator
West Vancouver Police t: 604-925-7363 | c: 604-785-2446
Spear Phishing -similar to phishing, spear phishing involves fraudsters sending emails to specific targets and pretending to be a business or organization. Spear phishing differentiates from phishing, based on the fraudster often leveraging existing relationships between the organization and the individual. For instance, pretending to be the financial institution that you personally use. Spear phishing is targeted and specific to the victim, whereas phishing does not target specific organizations or individuals. In spear phishing, the fraudster also appears to use a legitimate email or nearly identical address, which is a practice known as spoofing.