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Coordinator's Update - October 05

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

West Vancouver Police have responded to 293 calls for service since our last update.



Timely Information – Suspects in Custody


A couple of wins to pass along this week, thanks to timely information supporting responses by our patrol team members.


Break-in / Theft of Auto


An Altamont area resident noted their vehicle had been stolen & immediately contacted police. The theft victim was able to advise police of the vehicle’s mobile location. Members responded, located the vehicle, and arrested a suspect without incident. The vehicle key & other property suspected as stolen from inside the unlocked residence were recovered.


Fraud

A resident discovered their credit card information had been compromised & used to make an unauthorized on-line grocery order for pickup. Officers were waiting at the grocery store at the scheduled pickup time. A suspect was arrested without incident.


Residential Break-ins


Two additional residential break-ins reported over the past week. Active investigations are ongoing, and our investigators are asking all residents to consider potential vulnerability of their homes to a persistent tactic by suspects.


Suspects breaking into a home in the Langton Park area appear to have stacked recycling boxes to help climb to an upper floor and smash through a balcony door. Residents of a Caulfeild area home returning from a family trip discovered a break-in, in which investigators believe lawn furniture was used to help suspects climb to an upper balcony and break-in.


The tactic of climbing to target upper floor balcony windows or doors continues to be observed here and in several Lower Mainland municipalities. Suspects target upper entry points in the hope they will not be secure or will not be equipped with alarm sensors or security video systems.


Please review your own property to assess any vulnerabilities. Please do not hesitate to contact Block Watch for any additional information. Ensure you do not have unsecured ladders, other equipment, trees, or other natural features close to your home that could be used by suspects to access upper floors. If you have an alarm or surveillance system, review whether intrusion sensors on upper floors will help secure your home.


Please be watchful in all neighbourhoods and promptly call police if any suspicious persons or circumstances are noted.


Crime Alerts Between Our Weekly Updates


A reminder to all Block Watch participants, our Crime Alerts are updated between our weekly emailed updates. If you wish to check more regularly for updated alerts we encourage you to Click Here For Updated Crime Alerts On Our Website. This link is included at the top of every weekly Coordinator’s Update.


If we have information indicating an offence risk specific to an individual neighbourhood, Block Captains in the specific area can be contacted to relay information to their Block participants. This is intended to provide access to updated alerts to those who wish it, without adding unwanted clutter to your email inboxes.


WVPD in the Community – Orange Shirt Day


West Vancouver Police were proud to join District co-workers & members of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) raising a flag at Municipal Hall to commemorate the National Day of Truth & Reconciliation, acknowledging the history and legacy of Canada’s residential school system, remembering those lost & standing with residential school survivors & their loved ones.

If you see activity of concern, please don’t hesitate to call West Vancouver Police. Call 604-925-7300 for non-emergency matters. Call 9-1-1 in an emergency, including events that involve an immediate threat to a person or property or to report a substantive crime in progress.


Jeff Palmer

Block Watch & Operational Support Coordinator

t: 604-925-7363 | c: 604-785-2446


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