(Delta Police Department photo)

(Delta Police Department photo)

Delta crime beat: week of May 9 to 15

Earlier this month a victim contacted Delta police to report being defrauded of over $200,000

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 May 9 to 15 (and the week of May 2 to 8):

• Number of completed calls: 517 (507)

• General occurrence reports created: 438 (429)

• False/abandoned 911 calls: 71 (66)

• Assisting the public: 40 (54)

• Fraud: 8 (no previous data)

Earlier this month a victim contacted Delta police to report being defrauded of over $200,000.

While this is the first reported case in Delta using this technique, it has been reported widely throughout the country.⁠

In this scam, people claiming to be Chinese authorities (this has included, but is not limited to, pretending to be from the Chinese embassy or consulate, Interpol, a courier service, police, or a cell phone company) contact the victim, mainly using web-based applications like Skype or WhatsApp, alleging that the victim has been implicated in the commission of a criminal offence in China, and that there is an agreement between Chinese and Canadian officials to arrest and deport the victim to China.⁠

Police ask that residents share this information with friends, neighbours and family members who may not be connected to social media.⁠

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud or are being targeted, please contact DPD’s non-emergency line at 604-946-4411.

Also last week, DPD officers took 10 impaired drivers off the road, serving six 90-day immediate roadside prohibitions (IRPs) and four three-day prohibitions. In one of those cases, the driver was initially pulled over for speeding through a 30 km/h area.

The week prior, Delta police served three IRPs, all of them 90-day prohibitions.

If you suspect someone is driving while impaired, please call 911.

RELATED: Delta crime beat: week of May 2 to 8

SEE ALSO: Delta crime beat: week of April 25 to May 1


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