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Weekly Media Release Sept. 28 – Oct. 4

September 28th: Bike stolen overnight from residence on Goldsmith St. Bike is a grey CCM Techo with black and pink markings. (OBPD file 2020-3068)

September 29th: Break and enter into a residence overnight in the 3200 block of Beach Dr. A laptop and charger were stolen. There was no damage to the residence and the residents were not home at the time of the incident. (OBPD file 2020-3077)

September 29th: While on routine patrol an OBPD member stopped to speak with two males. One of the males had a warrant for possession of stolen property. The male was arrested and released on paperwork to attend court. (OBPD file 2020-3084)

September 30th: During the night an unknown male went on the front porch of a residence in the 1000 block of St David St. The activation light appeared to have caused the male to leave the residence. Male was described as caucasian, thin build, 6’1”, wearing long shorts. The male was not located. (OBPD file 2020-3087)

September 30th: Report from a complainant that a family member’s credit card had been compromised with multiple charges. File is under investigation. (OBPD file 2020-3093)

October 1st: Fraudulent phone call made to complainant asking her to help “catch” a bank employee stealing money from clients. The caller asked the complainant to convert her money to bitcoin and send it. The complainant hung up and did not comply with the instructions. REMEMBER: If you feel that a phone call is a scam, hang up immediately and do not give out any personal information. (OBPD file 2020-3111)

October 2nd: A male was arrested for mischief after setting a fire in a compost container on Central Ave. The male was released on documents with a date to attend court. (OBPD file 2020-3121)

October 2nd: Complainant made a report of catching a male on her doorbell camera picking up a package of kitty litter, looking at it, placing it down and leaving. It is believed the male was considering stealing the item left on the front porch. The male was described as: caucasian with long curly hair, wearing a black hat, black sleeveless shirt, black shorts, carrying a large dark backpack and riding a bicycle. The male was not located after patrols. REMEMBER: Please make sure you have a safe way for home deliveries to be delivered by organizing the delivery when you or someone else is home to bring the package inside. (OBPD file 2020-3127)

October 3rd: A prolific offender was arrested in Oak Bay on two warrants. The male stayed in jail until he appeared before a judge. (OBPD file 2020-3143)

 

Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft:

• Be extremely careful when you provide personal information such as your SIN, or date of birth over the phone.

• Never provide personal information by Internet or email. The CRA does not ask you to provide personal information by email.

• Be suspicious if you are ever asked to pay taxes or fees to the CRA on lottery or sweepstakes winnings. You do not have to pay taxes or fees on these types of winnings. These requests are scams.

• Keep your access codes, user ID, passwords, and PINs secret.

• Keep your address current with all government departments and agencies.

• Register for My Account on the CRA Web site at canada.ca/my-cra-account and check your personal information regularly to ensure it is current and valid.

• Choose your tax preparer carefully! Make sure you choose someone you trust and check their references. You may also consider authorizing your representative to use the CRA’s secure “Represent a client” online service. Always review your return, agree with the content before filing, and follow up to ensure you receive your notice of assessment as it contains important financial and personal information that belongs to you.

• Before supporting any charity, use the CRA Web site at canada.ca/charities-giving to find out if the charity is registered and get more information on the way it does business.

• Be careful before you click on links in any email you receive. Some criminals may be using a technique known as phishing to steal personal information.

Community Engagement:

Two members of the OBPD delivered a presentation on fraud/identity theft to a senior living community in Oak Bay.
Three members of the OBPD took part in this year’s Tour de Rock as alumni riders. The Tour de Rock took place from September 23rd to October 2nd and travelled from Port Alice to Oak Bay/Victoria. Despite the changes in what Tour looked like this year, the wonderful people of Vancouver Island helped raise $565,000 including an amazing fundraising effort by OB High of $51,700.
The Deputy Chief and two other officers took part in the Terry Fox Run with GNS Junior school students this past Friday. This year’s run was the 40th anniversary of Terry’s heroic humanitarian mission. As Terry said “Anything is possible if you try”.

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