Sgt. Ed deJong

Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, January 22 to 29, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 41 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to:

On January 28 the police received a report of an enclosed trailer broken into, with tools and ladders stolen from within. The theft occurred at a jobsite in the Timber Ridge area sometime overnight. If anyone has information, please contact the Columbia Valley RCMP at 250-342-9292.

The detachment continues to receive complaints of online and telephone frauds. Most frauds start with someone contacting you and informing you of either an issue with an account of yours, with an offer, or claiming you have already been a victim of a fraud. In all cases, always ensure you are speaking with who they claim to be. No reputable company will contact you and start to ask you personal information, nor will any company or organization request that you purchase gift cards as a way to pay for anything. 

In 2023 a total of $554 million was lost to fraud in Canada. For more information and to educate yourself on fraud prevention and common scams, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at https://antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.