Grand Forks Police Report for the month of March
Grand Forks, B.C.
2022-04-07 09:49 PDT
Grand Forks, BC –Grand Forks RCMP respond to 193 calls for service in the month of March
Total calls for service - 193
Collisions under $10,000 - 5
Collisions over $10,000 – 4
Theft Under $5000 – 5
Cause Disturbance – 2
Suspicious Persons/Vehicles – 19
Check Well Being- 8
Assaults – 4
Bylaw – Noise – 4
Impaired Driving - 2
These are just a sample of the calls that the officers attend in Grand Forks and Christina Lake. Mounties attend various other calls for service including: multiple and varying traffic complaints; frauds and other scam related complaints; landlord/tenant disputes; mental health related calls; counterfeit currency; false 911 and alarm calls; harassment and threats; missing persons; and break and enter.
In addition, Mounties are kept busy assisting other agencies including local Ambulance and Fire Departments, the BC Coroner Services and other provincial and municipal agencies.
With the nicer, warmer weather and the feeling we actually may be getting out of this pandemic, we are seeing an increase in calls for service as more people are out and about, says Detachment Commander, Sergeant Darryl Peppler.
One area of concern, is the increase in calls related to telephone scams. The Grand Forks Detachment has received around 10 calls in the last 2 weeks from residents advising they received a call that their son or daughter was involved in an accident, that they were impaired by alcohol and are in jail, and that they need to send money to secure their release. In one case, the scammer even had a female crying into the phone to simulate it was their daughter. Thankfully, it does not appear that anyone fell for it.
Another fraud attempt that Mounties are seeing is through text messaging. People are receiving text messages from their cell phone or TV provider that they are entitled for a refund and that the ‘claims department’ wants to e-transfer the money. These companies don’t typically e-transfer, rather they will just credit your account. A good rule of thumb, if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.
RCMP would like to remind people that if they get a call or text message, don’t act right away, rather look into it first. You can familiarize yourself with common frauds and schemes by visiting online the Canadian Anti Fraud Center. Great advice is given on what to look for and how to protect yourself. In addition, tell your friends, family and coworkers if you suspect you were almost a victim of a fraud. The more word we can get out there, the more knowledgeable we all will be.
Sgt. Darryl PepplerDetachment Commander
Grand Forks - Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment
1608 Central Ave, Grand Forks, BC V0H 1H0
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