Campbell River RCMP Community Update

Campbell River

2021-04-13 03:30 PDT

Campbell River RCMP Community Update for April 13th, 2021.

As of April 12th, 2021, the Campbell River RCMP had responded to 4361 calls for service. This is an almost identical level of service calls as 2020 which was 4349 calls for service as of April 12th.

Recent calls and concerns:

Maybe you should drive:

On April 9th, 2021, a member of the North Island Traffic services pulled over a vehicle believed to be impaired on Willis Rd.

Under further investigation it was determined that the two occupants were very sober, but had decided that a busy roadway was an excellent place to learn how to operate their new vehicle's "self drive" features.

Drivers need to understand that they are responsible for what their vehicle is doing, said Cst Maury Tyre. There simply are no exceptions to this rule. If you wish to try out the new bells and whistles in your vehicle, an empty parking lot is going to be a lot safer than a public roadway, but even still you are responsible for your vehicle. Modern transport has definitely added a lot of safety and comfort features over the years, but they are just not a replacement for an attentive driver.

The government does not accept gift cards

At the beginning of April 2021, the Campbell River RCMP detachment started to receive several calls of a new version of a scam.

A caller, using a masked number calls and advises the person that they are Canadian Border Services and they have intercepted a package bound for the caller's address that had illegal goods in it. In order to stay out of jail the call recipient is told not to hang up and to follow instructions very carefully.

The caller then convinces the victim to purchase one of many different gift card options and provide them the serial numbers so they can upload the card value to a card of their own.

No government agency accepts gift cards for payment, says Cst Tyre. For the most part, people who fall prey to these kinds of scams are extremely honest people that have absolutely no history with police or government agencies, so they are caught entirely unawares and can lose thousands. 

***Some of the more common gift cards requested in this scam are Google Play cards, iTunes cards, and Amazon cards.

If you wish to report a crime, please call the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221 or in an emergency call 911.

Released by

Cst. Maury Tyre

Media Relations Officer
Campbell River RCMP
275 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River BC V9W 8C8
Office: 250-286-6221
Cell: 250-895-1468
Fax: 250-286-3983

Email: maury.tyre@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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