This program is run by donation in partnership with Child Find British Columbia and it is available to everyone who lives in BC.
The All About Me identification booklet is an educational and prevention program. The primary goal is to provide a standardized identification process impressing the importance of maintaining up-to-date information of your children.
The child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. After the fingerprints and photograph of the child are taken, the parent/guardian is handed the booklet and asked to fill out all of the pertinent information and store it in a safe place. Photographs of the child will be deleted from our digital camera and no photos of the child are kept by Delta Police.
The booklet is a resource for the parents and to be given to the police only if the child goes missing. Although the fingerprints and current picture will not help find a missing child they will help to identify a child once they are located.
Community Crime Watch
In this observe and report capacity, volunteers patrol the community on Friday and Saturday nights reporting to the police suspicious activity and criminal offences. The volunteers drive a community van when out patrolling the area.
We have volunteers of different ages and motivating factors who participate in the program. Some of the younger people who are interested in a career in policing want to add community service to their resume and some older people want to give back to their communities. They feel that it helps keep the community safe for everyone—a quiet night is a good night for us.
Delta Hospital Program
The Delta Hospital Program sees volunteers from the Delta Police CoPS offices visit patients in the Extended Care/Assisted Living Department at the Delta Hospital. The program began in 2012 at the suggestion of a CoPS volunteer and was received enthusiastically by Delta Hospital.
Volunteers are interviewed and screened and given times to visit the seniors.
Volunteers for this program benefit from hands on experience in an assisted living environment and get a high level of personal satisfaction by interacting with senior citizens. Seniors also benefit greatly from this program as it enhances their quality of life.
The Team Leader of the Delta Hospital program is a Registered Care Aid with experience in the medical industry.
Disposal of Unwanted Firearms
The RCMP manages licensing of firearms users, a system which supports individual use of firearms for hunting and various recreational purposes.
Information may be obtained:
- Canadian Firearms Program
- 1.800.731.4000. All questions regarding licensing and registration of firearms or individuals should be directed to this number
- Canadian Firearms Program contact information
- FAQThose owners who need to dispose of their unwanted firearms may call Delta Police Department at 604.946.4411 for assistance. Firearms must not be brought directly to the police department as transportation of a firearm without proper authorization and accompanying permits is prohibited. Once the request has been received, a police officer will come by and pick up the firearms. Please ensure that the firearm is unloaded and rendered safe to handle or is disassembled.
- Delta Police would like to remind citizens that unlawful possession of a firearm is a criminal offence. Persons found in contravention of the Firearms Act may be subject to criminal prosecution.
- Owners who no longer want to keep firearms can dispose of them either by selling or transferring the firearms to a valid license holder in accordance with the Firearms Act, or may turn the unwanted firearms over to Delta Police for disposal.
Identity crime is one of the fastest growing forms of criminal activity in Canada at this time. Identity crime involves the unauthorized gathering, trading or use of another person’s personal information including credit card numbers, social insurance numbers, and drivers licence numbers, which are then used to facilitate other criminal activities.
In some cases, the victim’s personal information is used to make fraudulent purchases on the victim’s credit card. In other cases, the victim’s information is used to open bank accounts, purchase cell phones, and obtain loans and mortgages.
These crimes can damage a person’s credit rating and financial status and cause emotional suffering that is similar to victims of violent crimes. In some cases it may take years for the victims to recover their credit rating.
- Don’t leave your wallet or purse unattended or even in your locked vehicle.
- Shred all bills, bank statements and any other documents that contain identity information prior to placing them in the trash.
- Regularly check your bank account and utility statement for any unusual activity
- Review your credit report to ensure there is no suspicious activity
- Check your mailbox daily to prevent theft of mail
- Arrange to pick up new cards such as credit cards at your bank rather than having them mailed to your home address
- Don’t open any unknown emails or respond to unsolicited requests for personal informationFor more information on fraud and identity theft, see Online Anti-Fraud Resources or Elder Fraud Information.
- The Economic/Technical Crime Unit is available for community presentations on fraud awareness and prevention – call 604.946.4411.
- If you have been a victim of identity theft see steps to help minimize the damage and prevent further identity theft and fraud: ID Stolen? Now What?
ID Stolen? Now what?
If you have ever lost your wallet or had it stolen, it can be frustrating and costly to replace all your documents, not to mention how worrying it can be. To make the process of replacing your documents easier it can be a good idea to keep a list of your important card numbers somewhere safe so that you can easily refer to it when you need to replace your cards. Always remember though: never keep pin numbers/passwords with the card numbers.
What to do
If you suspect that you are a victim of identity crime, or have had your identification lost or stolen, you can take the following steps to help minimize the damage and prevent any further identity theft and fraud:
- Notify your Financial Institutions immediately to have them cancel your cards and re-issue them and put alerts on your accounts
- Contact the police department where the theft or loss occurred to file a report. Even if a police officer does not attend to take the report in person you will be provided with a file number which many agencies will require. Police departments map crime locations and statistics and use this information to identify suspects and trends.
- Contact consumer credit reporting agencies Equifax and TransUnion to alert them of the theft. These agencies will add a statement to your file to alert credit grantors that you may be a victim of fraudulent activity. This may mean that the next time you apply for credit you will be questioned more thoroughly as a precautionary measure. The credit grantor wants to make sure that you are, in fact, the person you say you are. You can also obtain free copies of your credit report which will list all accounts in your name. Contact them by phone toll free or obtain services through their websites:
|Trans Union Credit Bureau:||1.800.663.9980||– free version info|
- If your driver’s licence has been stolen, visit your driver licensing office to replace your old licence. You will need to bring some approved identification to have your licence replaced. Expect to pay a fee. For citizens of British Columbia you can contact ICBC for more information: ICBC | Your licence
- If your Social Insurance Card has been stolen you will need to apply for a new one. Your card number can be found on your income tax return. You cannot use copies of documents to apply for a new SIN card and must take original documents. Visit Service Canada for more information.
- If your BC Services or Care Card is lost or stolen you should report it immediately to Health Insurance BC. You can find out more information and how to replace your card at: MSP – Your BC Services Card/CareCard. You will need two pieces of identification.
- If your passport is lost or stolen you should report it immediately to Passport Canada at 1.800.567.6868. Information on how to replace the document can be found at Passport Canada
- If you have had your British Columbia birth certificate stolen you can find more information on what you should do next at Vital Statistics BC
Cell phones – What to do if your cell phone is lost or stolen
- To many of us, our cell phones are more like small computers than phones. They are our photo albums, cameras, address books, diaries, games centers, banking centers, music storage and much more. The loss or theft of a cell phone can be costly and devastating due to the sheer amount of information we store on them.
- For more information on fraud and identity theft, see Online Anti-Fraud Resources.
- Contact your wireless service provider immediately to flag and suspend your account
- Have your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number written down or stored somewhere safe (you may access this number by typing *#06# into the keypad of your device or by looking on the back of your device behind the battery). If you know your IMEI number your wireless provider can add your phone to the National Blacklist Registry which means it will not be able to be activated
- Contact any banking institutions or change the passwords to any online banking and other online accounts that you access automatically from your phone
- Report the theft to police.
Online Anti-Fraud Resources
There are numerous online resources to assist you with fraud awareness and prevention including:
- seniorsbc.ca – resources for seniors includes elder abuse prevention
- The Little Black Book of Scams
- Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
- Better Business Bureau
- Government of Canada Office of Consumer Affairs
- Consumer Protection BC
- Competition Bureau
- British Columbia Securities Commission
- Get Cyber Safe – Government of Canada
- Internet Crime Complaint Center (US-based)
- Trans Union Credit Bureau
- Equifax Canada
- If you have been a victim of identity theft see steps to help minimize the damage and prevent further identity theft and fraud: ID Stolen? Now What?
Elder Fraud and Abuse
Elder fraud and abuse has become a growing concern and with the changing demographics in Canada it is expected to intensify in the coming years. It is anticipated that by 2031, one in four people living in Canada will be over 65 years of age.
The financial side of elder fraud and abuse involves the misuse of an elder’s funds and assets, obtaining funds without the knowledge and consent of the elder, and using those funds not in the best interest of the elder. This is also referred to as material abuse. It is estimated that 10% of elder people in B.C. have been victims of financial abuse with an average loss over $20,000.
- A relative or caregiver has no visible means of support and is overly interested in the elder’s financial affairs.
- Utility bills are not being paid.
- There are suspicious signatures on the elder’s cheques.
- There is unusual baking activity.
- The elder is concerned about “missing money.”Most victims of elder fraud and abuse don’t realize they are being victimized. If you suspect that someone is a victim of elder fraud or abuse, help them by contacting their local police agency to file a report.
The Safe Schools program started in 2007. Our purpose is to make elementary school zones a safe place for children.
Volunteers educate drivers and pedestrians about the dangers occurring in school zones. They explain the dangers and consequences of their actions, including such things as jaywalking, disregarding street signs and ignoring crosswalks. Repeat offenders are tracked by their licence plates and warning letters are sent out.
When going out to schools, volunteers wear the high visibility yellow jackets, carry a notebook and, if possible, use the speed board equipment.
This is a program initiated by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. A speed reader board is used roadside by the volunteers as a visual reminder to drivers of the posted speed limit in the area, as well as the current speed a driver is travelling.
The goal of the program is to encourage traffic safety and increase awareness of posted speed limits.
The use of crime prevention techniques in the urban design process has become essential to ensure safe urban environments in present day society. Environmental criminologists have used their theories in conjunction with police in British Columbia trained in crime analysis and prevention techniques. The result is a powerful new tool for urban safety initiatives known as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
The Community Police Stations offer CPTED programs in relation to businesses or private residences. A team of volunteers with specialized training in CPTED principles will attend your home and provide an assessment that indicates how to make your home a safer place.
Victims of break and enters are referred to this program, although participation is completely voluntary. The CPTED members examine a number of factors in their assessment of the residence. As an example, reinforcement of the area, access control, design considerations, parking, landscaping, lighting, and fencing are some of the factors considered.
The design of your residence is thoroughly examined by the CPTED members for the identification and reduction of opportunities for crime.
CASA (Citizens Are Security Active)
Vacant homes are prime targets for burglars. Whether you are on vacation, in the hospital, or away from your home for some other reason, our volunteers will conduct home security checks to your Delta residence provided there are no tenants or anyone else in the home.
The CASA program allows home owners to authorize volunteers to perform random perimeter checks of your residence ensuring all doors, windows, and gates are secured.
Before you go away, visit one of our CoPS offices and fill out a CASA request form.
The following tips are being provided for your information and we hope that you will assist in making your building a tougher target for criminals and, as a result, deter crime.
- Doors to the front entrance must always be kept locked
- Please wait for the gate to close on underground parking when entering and leaving the building
- Do not store valuable items in underground storage lockers (especially if contents of locker are visible).
- Ensure that children know that they are not to open the door to anyone
- Make sure all windows and patio doors are locked when not at home
- Discourage entering and leaving by patio doors
- Use your peephole
- Lock up even for a quick errand
- Make sure your intercom system does not use your suite numbers as an index
- Do not use first names or Mr. or Mrs. on intercom listings or name plates
- Join a Block Watch in your area or start one up for your building
- Be responsible about security. Remember good neighbours look after each other. Get to know other people who live on your floor so you may be able to identify strangers in your buildingIf you would like to start Block Watch in your area or have other questions or concerns in regards to the security in your building, please feel free to contact your local Community Police Station. Don’t be an easy target, be aware and be safe.
- Protect yourself and your belongings.
- Call the police immediately to report suspicious individuals or vehicles sighted in your building. Note descriptions of suspect individuals, height, weight, age, race, hair colour/style and clothing. For vehicles make note of the license plate, make, model, colour and other distinguishing features such as damage, customized paint, pinstriping or special wheels.