• Jeff Palmer

Block Watch Coordinator Update Nov 3rd

Updated: Nov 9

Hello Block Watch Captains, Co-Captains & Participants!

Please find attached Crime Alerts for Oct 28th – Nov 3rd.

Click Here to Read Crime Alerts Online at westvancouverblockwatch.com

There are fortunately fewer Residential Break-ins to pass along, but thieves targeted car parking & storage areas this week.

Suspects broke into a residential parkade in the 600 block of 14th Street by forcing a lock on a fire door. An electric bicycle was stolen. A storage locker was broken into at a building in the 2100 block of Argyle with an assortment of cleaning & other household products stolen. Today is always a good day to review security measures & make sure those measures, including adequate locks are in use. An unlocked door into a Carport storage also in the 2100 block of Argyle allowed thieves an easy path to theft of two bicycles this past week.

Consider registering your bicycle on the 529 Garage program. For more information on 529 Garage bicycle registration click westvanpolice.ca/services/bicycle-registration-529-garage

Another week, and unfortunately, we have new reports regarding long running & very familiar Fraud offences.

Officers received a report from a resident who engaged in an on-line friendship with a suspect over several months. It led to a request from the suspect October 15th for $3000, transferred via Bitcoin, supposedly to help the suspects sick father. The suspect immediately ceased all contact upon completion of the transfer & the victim has learned the suspect’s on-line identity was falsified. If you only know someone online, you really don’t know them.

Fortunately, in another report, a version of the long running ‘Bank Inspector’ scam was recognized in time to prevent loss. An intended victim was contacted by someone claiming to be from the head office of the victim’s bank and advised a staff member of the bank was under investigation for fraud. A 2nd suspect joined the phone call, claimed to be a police officer, and asked for the victim’s account information to their funds could be ‘moved to safety’. The information was provided, however, the intended victim recognized that it was a scam in time to contact the bank and have accounts frozen before fraudulent transfers of $10,000 were completed.

We wish you and your loved one’s safety every day. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Jeff Palmer

Block Watch & Operational Support Coordinator

West Vancouver Police Department | Serving with Honour

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

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