Crime Watch Report - April 28 to 29, 2016

Detective1) 2016-3492 On April 28th, a theft from vehicle was reported to have occurred in the 300 block of Hirst Avenue in Parksville. The complainant advised that she looked out the apartment window to see the headlights and dome lights on her husband’s vehicle on. The complainant’s husband ran outside to observe two tall males with hoodies on, walking westbound. The males refused to stop when directed.

The Not-So-Professional Driver

DriveSmartBC LogoI'm one of those odd drivers who tries their best to drive at or below the posted speed limit. I include the word below here as sometimes there is a need to slow down to less than the posted speed limit for safety reasons. This often has consequences for me when I have to share the road with other drivers who do not subscribe to my philosophy on road safety. A good example of this is looking in my rear view mirror and finding the Volvo logo on the grille of a heavy transport truck following me closely enough that I could count the bugs stuck to it.

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Door-to-Door Handyman Scams

Scam Warning GraphicThis spring, like most others, door-to-door handyman scams will increase. There are some reputable door-to-door handymen, but you need to be aware of fraudsters trying to take advantage of you. They may offer to fix your roof, clean your gutters or to do other odd jobs. They may tell you they are working in your neighbourhood and could even use a neighbours name to try to gain your trust. They may try to entice you by saying they have left over materials from another job, and therefore, can offer you an amazing deal!

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Extortion by Computer Virus

On March 31, 2016, the Oceanside RCMP received a suspicious complaint, possibly extortion. The complainant, a local businessman in our community advised that he received and opened an unknown email and his computer immediately locked up with a virus. A message appeared on the screen saying that some of his documents were locked and if he wanted the documents unlocked he would have to pay for their release. The local police were subsequently contacted and investigation revealed that unfortunately the sender of the email was not traceable and may have been out of the Middle East.

A Few Thoughts on Traffic Tickets

DriveSmartBC LogoArrest someone, fight with them, throw them in jail and see them through to penalty in criminal court seems to be business as usual for the police, but write someone a traffic ticket and it's like you've called their mother a bad name. Very few drivers hang their heads, apologize for their mistake and said hand over my ticket, I'll do better next time. Those people do exist and probably receive the benefit of a doubt more often but those that don't wind up asking me for dispute advice in the DriveSmartBC discussion forums.

Drivers who admit to an error are willing to pay the price of the ticket as long as they don't get any penalty points. This is often heard prior to the commencement of traffic court if the issuing officer makes inquiries among the disputants. The trouble is, if you plead not guilty and are found to be, the justice presiding has no control over penalty points. They are assessed by ICBC in response to the conviction.

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