North Delta Crime Beat: Drone flying over neighbourhood prompts privacy complaint

The purpose of the Crime Beat is to educate and inform the public about some of the property crime trends occurring in North Delta and other files of interest. If you see anything occurring that you believe to be suspicious, call 911 for in-progress crimes and emergencies or 604-946-4411 for other assistance.

The following are some of the calls Delta police responded to in the previous week:

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May 25, 3:30 a.m., 11000-block of Kendale View: Delta police were called to investigate numerous thefts in the area. A large power washer and tools were stolen. The approximate value of the thefts is around $900. The investigation is ongoing.

May 25, 9:13 a.m., Nordel Way and 84th Avenue: Police were dispatched to a collision between two vehicles at the intersection. Police determined that a vehicle was hit from behind after stopping at a yellow light. There was heavy rain at the time, and neither driver was injured during the collision. Both vehicles were towed with approximately $7,000 worth of damage.

May 25, 11:55 a.m., 1400-block of Cliveden Avenue: Complainant reported theft of power tools from the trailer parked outside his business. Total value of the tools was approximately $5,000. No serial number available and tools were not marked. Complainant advised to record all serial numbers, and photograph all tools in future.

May 26, 4:43 p.m., Richardson Elementary: Complainant reported seeing a group of approximately five to six youth on top of the school portables. Police attached, but youth were gone on arrival. Police spoke with staff of the school and kids at a nearby skate park who advised they did not encounter, hear or see any kids in the area.

May 28, 10 p.m. 9000-block of Carver Crescent:  A local resident reported that her vehicle insurance papers and sunglasses were stolen from her vehicle while parked outside the residence. The complainant was unsure whether the vehicle was left unlocked overnight and advised there was no damage to the vehicle or forced entry.

May 28, 10:44 a.m., 11000-block of 88th Avenue: Complainant observed two males starting a fire in a trash compactor behind his business. The business owner advised he had put out the fire prior to the arrival of police. Police arrived and confirmed the compactor cord was cut, but that no other damage was sustained to the business. Complainant provided description to police.

May 28, 3:34 p.m., 11000-block of Alderwood Crescent: Complainant reported a drone flying over the neighbourhood, and was concerned about invasion of privacy. In consultation with the DPD public safety operations unit, it was determined the drone was not subject to licensing regulations. The drone flyer stated he would fly the drone over the road or at a local park in the future.

May 29, 1:59 p.m., 7000-block of 120th Street: Complainant reported that the day before her key fob was stolen from her vehicle while she stopped to run errands. Upon returning to her car, where her windows were left down, she noticed she was missing the merchandise that she had recently purchased, as well as the key fob.

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