The purpose of the crime beat is to educate and inform the public about some of the property crime trends occurring in North Delta and other files of interest. It is submitted weekly by the Delta Police Department. If you see anything occurring that you believe to be suspicious, call 911 for in progress crimes and emergencies or 604-946-4411 for other assistance.
The following are some of the calls police responded to in the previous week:
• Jan. 2, 12:30 p.m., 11600-block 94A Ave.: Police were dispatched to a late report of theft from auto after a homeowner noted their vehicle had been broken into over the holidays. The vehicle had not been driven, yet the centre console and glove box were left open. A reminder for the new year to not leave any valuable items in your vehicles, and to always lock your doors.
• Jan. 3, 12:50 p.m., 8800-block 119 St.: Police conducted a traffic stop to check for sobriety after observing a vehicle enter a parking lot. While identifying the driver, police noted the distinct odour of liquor, and read them the breath demand. The driver subsequently provided a sample, which was a “fail,” and was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and mandatory 30-day vehicle impoundment.
• Jan. 6, 8:42 p.m., location withheld: Police were dispatched to a person in distress, and upon arrival found a youth exhibiting suicidal ideation and struggling with their family to obtain a weapon. Police were able to de-escalate the situation enough to apprehend the youth under the Mental Health Act and transport them to hospital to receive the care they needed.
• Jan. 7, 7:45 a.m., 8800-block 115 St.: Police were dispatched to a reported stolen vehicle after a homeowner reported leaving their vehicle idling in their driveway to warm up. Upon returning outside, they found the vehicle was gone. File is under investigation.
• Jan. 8, 11:53 a.m., location withheld: Police were dispatched to assist with a person in distress who had not been taking their prescribed medication. Police were advised that the family were concerned for the individual’s deteriorating mental health, and the individual agreed to seek the appropriate care, opting to voluntarily go with EHS to the hospital.
• Jan. 8, 7:48 p.m., 104th Street: A Delta Police Department community safety officer (CSO) located a vehicle, which had recently been broadcast to all Metro Vancouver police as belonging to a suicidal person from another city. Police attended and, alongside the CSO, spoke to the driver, who was co-operative. Police subsequently apprehended the driver under the Mental Health Act and transported them to a hospital in another jurisdiction to receive the care they needed, with the assistance of an awaiting officer from that city.
Police are urging everyone to be attentive to their own mental health, as well as that of their family, friends and colleagues. Anyone experiencing a mental health crisis can always call 911 and ask for assistance, or call 1-800-SUICIDE, the BC Crisis Line (310-6789) or Kid’s Help Phone (1-800-668-6868).