(Delta Police Department photo)

(Delta Police Department photo)

Delta crime beat: week of March 7-13

Police continues to receive reports of residents falling victim to cryptocurrency investment frauds

Each week, the Delta Police Department provides the North Delta Reporter with an outline of calls for service received the week prior and highlights an issue affecting Delta residents.

Here is a snapshot of calls received by police the week of March 7 to 13 (and the week of Feb. 28 to March 6).

• Number of completed calls: 535⁠ (586)

• Number of general occurrence reports created: 452⁠ (419)

• False/abandoned 911 calls: 63⁠ (70)

• Assisting the public: 72⁠ (48)

• Traffic collisions: 21⁠ (27)

• Break-and-enters: 5⁠ (3)

• Frauds: 6⁠ (7)

⁠The DPD continues to receive reports from Delta residents who have been defrauded while attempting to invest in cryptocurrencies.

In most cases, victims are either contacted by suspects via social media or respond to online advertisements promising large returns on investments. As the victim invests, the suspect shows them fake evidence of their investment earnings, leading the victim to invest more. However, once the victim tries to withdraw their gains, the suspect requests huge withdrawal fees or stops communication entirely.⁠

Recent files include a Delta resident who lost over US$230,000 to this scam and another who lost over US$20,000.

Learn how to protect yourself from crypto-investment scams by visiting investright.org/blog/enforcement/investor-warning-protect-yourself-from-online-crypto-and-forex-schemes.

As well, DPD officers last week served six immediate roadside prohibitions (IRPs) related to impaired driving: one three-day and one seven-day warnings, two 90-day IRPs, and two 24-hour IRPs — one for alcohol and one for drugs.

The week before, Delta police took seven impaired drivers off the road, handing out three 90-day IRPs, three three-day IRPs and one 24-hour IRP for drugs.

Delta police would also like to remind the public that March is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Distraction comes in many forms, including holding an electronic device while driving (e.g. texting, emailing, calling, watching cute cat videos), reading, even shaving. One of the DPD’s followers even shared a tale of seeing someone barbecuing while driving.

A distracted driving violation ticket comes with a $368 fine, and adds four driver penalty points to your driving record.

SEE ALSO: Police issue warning after youths in North Delta approached by men in van (March 9, 2022)


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