The purpose of the crime beat is to educate and inform the public about some of the property crime trends occurring in South 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:
• Oct. 4, 1:34 a.m., 4800-block Highway 17A: Police initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle that did not have its lights on while stopped at an intersection. An odour of liquor was detected from the driver’s breath, and the approved screening device demand was subsequently read. The driver only had their “N,” therefore is not allowed any alcohol consumption before driving, despite the reading being 0.23 — well below the legal limit. A 12-hour driving prohibition notice was issued. At the officer’s discretion, the vehicle was not towed.
• Oct. 4, 2:40 a.m., 5200-block Highway 17A: Police were conducting a sobriety check point when a vehicle approached, and police detected an odour of liquor on the driver’s breath. Police read the approved screening device demand before the driver provided a sample of 0.37, a figure below the legal limit. However, due to the driver having their “N” (Class 7) and not being allowed to consume any alcohol before driving, the driver was served a 12-hour driving prohibition as well as a violation ticket. The vehicle was not towed, at the officer’s discretion.
• Oct. 5, 7:59 a.m., 6500-block Highway 17: Police were conducting proactive patrols when a vehicle was observed approaching at 131 km/h in an 80 km/h zone. Police stopped the vehicle and issued the driver an excessive speeding ticket before impounding the vehicle for a period of seven days.
Tsawwassen and Tsawwassen First Nation
• Oct. 6, 10:32 a.m., 1000-block Duncan Dr: Complainant reported a suspected mischief to a vehicle at their residence after a basketball-sized ice chunk was found in the passenger seat. Based on the size of the window damage, it seemed that the ice destroyed the sunroof window. The complainant has motion-activated cameras in the driveway which did not capture any human activity. Police advised the complainant to file a claim with ICBC.
• Oct. 6, 1:59 p.m., location withheld: Police were called to a residence to pick up firearms belonging to the complainant’s deceased father. Police attended the residence and confirmed that the father did have a gun licence before seizing all firearms for disposal.
• Oct. 6, 8:09 p.m., 100-block BC Ferries Causeway: Police were dispatched for a reported intoxicated male yelling at BC Ferries staff and attempting to start fights.. Police located the intoxicated male and took him into custody for being intoxicated in a public place. The male was transported to the cells, where he was issued a violation ticket and held to be released once sober.
• Oct. 8, 3:01 p.m., 5000-block Uplands Dr.: Complainant reported ongoing calls from an unknown female that had been calling to check-in three times per week. Police confirmed that the call had been coming from a private caller for months, and then was recently changed to the DPD’s non-emergency line. Police determined that a very helpful DCPO volunteer had been continuing the DPD’s “Keep in Touch” program from home before returning to making the calls from the office. The complainant was extremely grateful for the extra assistance and looks forward to meeting this volunteer in person someday soon.