Bi-Weekly Media Report

Elk Valley

2020-12-14 11:10 PST

File # Elk Valley Bi-Weekly Media Report

Elk Valley RCMP urge caution after 8 instances of vehicles not stopping for school buses.

Flashing yellow and red lights on a school bus are pretty. And they’re pretty important too. They warn other motorists that the bus is about to stop, or is stopped, and children will be walking outside the bus on the roadway. The Elk Valley RCMP would like to warn motorists that these lights are just like the yellow and red traffic intersection lights and all motorists must stop when a school bus has activated their red stop lights regardless which direction they are travelling on the roadway. Not heeding this warning may result in a driver getting a Violation Ticket for $368 and 3 demerit points. If the driver is not identified, police have the ability to issue the ticket to the registered owner. School District No.5 Southeast Kootenay has installed video cameras to identify vehicles and to protect the students.

Since late September, at least eight vehicles have been reported by the public and bus drivers for failing to stop. These reported incidents have occurred throughout the Elk Valley.


Break In To Mailboxes - Fernie and Sparwood, BC.

Elk Valley RCMP had received numerous complaints of damage to mail boxes over the past two months in the areas of Fernie and Sparwood, BC. The significant damage to the box's door and frame was likely a result of prying with a thin, flat bar. As this is an active police investigation, if anyone has information relating to the damaged mailboxes, you are asked to contact the Elk Valley RCMP at 250-425-6233 or remain anonymous by calling your tip into Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You may also leave your tip on line at

As Christmas approaches, many people are sending gifts and receiving gifts through the mail. The pandemic has caused more and more people to shop on line which means there will be an increase of items delivered through the mail. RCMP would prefer to not hear about a suspicious male, possibly dressed like the Grinch, stealing parcels off people's front door steps.

Below are some tips for keeping your mail/parcels safe:

* Check your mail every day.
* If you plan to be away, have a trusted neighbour or family member check your mail.
* Plan to be home when packages are supposed to arrive or arrange an alternate pickup location.
* Do not mail cash.
* Track your shipments, and if possible, opt for a 'signature required' delivery.
* Even better, consider installing surveillance cameras.


RCMP - COVID-19 - Restrictions

The latest provincial health order requires masks in all public indoor settings, including when not seated at a table at a restaurant. People with health conditions or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear a mask, people who cannot remove a mask on their own, and children under the age of 12 are exempt from the order. As of this date, no reports have been filled with the RCMP.

Under the Health Protection Act, individuals who do not self-isolate, or follow social distance requirements, or exhibit abusive or belligerent behaviour for failing to comply with the provincial health order will be fined $230.00. Anyone in attendance of an illegal gathering can now be fined $1,000.00.

Elk Valley RCMP would like to thank the communities for their continued support and to the vast majority who are adhering to the directives outlined by government to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

RCMP asks that everyone of the Elk Valley to continue with the protection their communities by reporting crime and suspicious behaviour to police, and by adhering to the directives outlined by government to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Reporting Fraud is Critical-Stop the Fraudsters

Elk Valley RCMP have seen a slight increase in fraud cases in the Elk Valley. Fraudsters have been becoming more and more creative with their scamming techniques, more so with Christmas time around the corner.

The RCMP want to stress the importance of reporting any fraudulent or suspicious activity to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, through its website at or by telephone at 1-888-495-8501. The Competition Bureau accepts reports of misleading or deceptive marketing practices by their online complaint form or by telephone at 1-800-348-5358.

The official website of the Government of British Columbia provides valuable information respecting the various categories of Scams and Fraud.

Elk Valley RCMP would like to wish you and your family peace, health, happiness, and prosperity in the coming year. Merry Christmas.



Released by

Cst. Debra A. Katerenchuk

Media Relations Officer
Elk Valley Regional Detachment
607 Douglas Fir Road, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0
Office: 250-425-6233
Cell: 250-423-0280
Fax: 250-425-2653


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