Crime Stoppers programs across Canada work within their communities to educate & bring awareness to criminal activity, both proactively & reactively.
Campbell River Crime Stoppers would like to extend its appreciation & gratitude to the Campbell River Kinsmen Club for their very generous donation this week! We're in the process of upgrading our tip software and their contribution of $1600 will assist us to get up to date operate with this well into 2019.
Once again, thank you and it's donations like this one & others that assist us in maintaining a successful Crime Stoppers program!!
The fine for a single distracted driving violation ticket is $368, along with 4 penalty points that will be applied a driver’s record. On a first infraction, these points will also result in a driver paying a further $175 ICBC Driver Penalty Point premium, for a total of $543 for a first infraction.
Drivers who get two or more distracted driving convictions in a three-year period are charged a Driver Risk Premium (DRP), which is billed annually and is separate from any insurance premiums you may have. This amount will increase for each additional conviction.
For example, drivers with two or more convictions for the use of electronics devices while driving over a three-year period could pay as much as $2,000 in penalties - an increase of $740 - in addition to their regular vehicle insurance premium.
Detective Jon Leach joined Dan on AM Quad Cities with the Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities Report. As usual, Detective Leach has a slew of crimes they need help with. A rooftop burglar entered the Main Healthcare Pharmacy located at 2141 Kimberly Road, Bettendorf on November 8th. A suspect entered Walgreens, 1525 E Kimberly Rd Davenport just after midnight Thursday, November 2nd. Several cars located in the area of the 1800-1900 block of 33rd and 34th Street Moline were tagged during the late night and early morning hours of November 4th and 5th. If you have information about these crimes, submit your tip to Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500 or by using their new Mobile App.
2017-10-17 13:39 PDT
File # Campbell River 2017-9372
More reports have been received again about frauds and scams. Campbell River RCMP is alerting the public to reports of false text messages and internet scams.
False ICBC text messages are claiming to refund clients for traffic infractions including violations for failing to stop at a red light. The text messages include a link directing the receiver to download malware where personal information can be sent. This type of link is called SMiShing, which is SMS phishing, a hoax by which to lure unsuspecting individuals to click an attached site.
Another recent internet scam was an application for a person to immigrate into Canada. This elaborate scheme through the internet included photos of false passports, a work visa and other identification which had all been altered. There was ongoing communication between fictitious airlines and consulates in order to steal more money.
ICBC published customer tips to avoid being a victim of SmiShing:
- Don’t click links within text messages, especially if it’s sent from someone you don’t know. But also be aware that sometimes a scam text could also come from someone you do know.
- Don’t respond to texts that ask for private or financial information.
- If you get a message that appears to be from ICBC or another institution you regularly do business with, contact the business directly to confirm they sent you a message. ICBC’s customer service line is 1-800-663-3051.
- Never reply to a suspicious text message without doing your research and verifying the source.
- Never call a phone number from an unknown text.
- Common sense is your best protection against fraud. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
"We are stressing the public to report any type of suspected text scams and internet frauds by calling our non-emergency line 1-250-286-6221 or Crime Stoppers." said Inspector Jeff Preston. "You can also advise the Government of Canada’s Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501."
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)
Cpl. Ron VlooswykNCOi/c Community Policing and Professional Standards
Canada Day 2017
Thanks to a few of our Board members, Pete & John for manning the Crime Stoppers display on Canada Day.
Many attended our booth, with all sorts of swag handed out. Thank you Campbell River for the fantastic turnout!
With the hotter weather upon us, it's nice to open our windows and let the breeze work through our homes. Just a reminder that when leaving your home, make the effort to close / lock all your doors & windows as open window screens make it a very easy access point for criminals to get into your home. Yes, it may get a little warm inside your home as a result, but think about what you chance losing & having to replace should a break in occur!
There are many tips we can offer, but Crime Stoppers wanted to make this a quick & simple message which everybody can adopt and hopefully lessen some of the break in's that occur within the Campbell River region.
Just a reminder to remove valuables from vehicles if at all possible but if you choose to leave them inside, at the very least keep them out of sight / hidden & lock your vehicle!
Yes thieves will break windows from time to time if they see some really good items inside worth stealing, however many vehicles are left unlocked and are quick to be rummaged through for any goodies.
When going to a park, dog walk area or trails, try to just grab your license and keys when heading out & leave valuables at home. These parking areas can be easy targets & even though owners sometimes lock their valuables in trunks / out of sight, thieves occasionally see the items being locked up. Be aware of your surroundings while you park & leave your vehicles.
Target harden by taking some of these basic steps in being proactive to prevent theft from auto's.
With the onset of spring & into summer, we all enjoy getting out for a bike ride. Though there are several methods to secure bicycles to help prevent becoming a victim of theft, here are a few very basic things to consider:
ALWAYS lock your bike up with a quality lock which would make it more difficult for somebody to steal. Many of the bicycles stolen are unfortunately left unlocked & facilitate a quick grab by thieves. Take the time to lock it up even if running into a store etc for a few minutes.
If your bike isn't an easy target, thieves will quite often move on to another bicycle that's easier to steal.
Take photos of your bike & record serial numbers so that in the event it is stolen, police can more readily trace it back to it's owner if it's located.
If we work together to combat theft, we as a community become more proactive & can help minimize such events from occurring.
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