Coordinator's Update - June 29
Good Day Block Watch Captains, Co-Captains & Participants,
Please find Block Watch Crime Alerts for June 23rd to 29th attached.
West Vancouver Police have responded to 426 calls for service since our last update.
Officer Involved Shooting
For your information & to relay a request from investigators, we are re-sharing a link to the media release issued by the Independent Investigations Office of BC regarding the incident early Monday morning along Trans Canada Highway at 15th Street.
Summer Is Here!
Students are celebrating the arrival of summer holidays, and unfortunately that can bring an increase in disturbance related behaviours throughout the community, including large gatherings, noise, Liquor Act offences and property damage. WVPD continues to deploy extra officers on selected days to support Patrol teams working to ensure public safety in our parks & public spaces.
If you see activity of concern, including prohibited beach fires, liquor act offences or property damage in progress whether it is in a public space or impacting your neighbourhood, please don’t hesitate to call West Vancouver Police.
Fortunately, a bit of a reprieve from residential and construction site break-ins over the past week with a single Residential BNE report, suspects breaking through a glass patio door in an Ambleside area apartment.
If you have vacation trips pending, please review your property security before you depart including arrangements to clear mail and any other delivery items while you’re away. If you have a security alarm or surveillance system, please double check that it is properly functioning and set before you go. Update a trusted neighbour about your plans so they can keep a watchful eye while you’re away.
Another two thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles reported over the past week, one in Cedardale, another in the Willow Creek area. These thefts can happen very quickly but are typically very noisy when in progress, as many thieves use an angle grinder to cut this valuable component from vehicle exhaust systems. Please promptly report any suspicious activity or persons in your neighbourhood.
A win and a loss in Fraud reports this week. One resident was called by a suspect, claiming to represent a package delivery company, advising several false accounts had been opened in the victim’s name. Payment for charges on the false accounts was demanded. Unfortunately, the victim complied and sent payment by gift cards. A demand for payment of any alleged debt by gift card codes, is a sure sign of a fraud attempt.
Another resident received a call claiming their grandchild had been arrested and needed bail. Alertly, the resident ended the call, contacted family to confirm the grandchild’s well being, and no money was lost.
WVPD in the Community
Thank you to members of the Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) teaming up with Sgt. Braithwaite & Cst. Wilkinson of our WVPD Traffic Section for joint enforcement in the community over the past week. Please stay safe on the roads.
If you see suspicious activity or persons in your neighbourhood, please don’t hesitate to contact West Vancouver Police. Call 9-1-1 in an emergency. Call 604-925-7300 for a non-emergency response.
Block Watch & Operational Support Coordinator
t: 604-925-7363 | c: 604-785-2446
And someone got to meet Great Grandma for the first time😊