South Delta Crime Beat: Business website forced to go offline after ransomware attack

The purpose of the Crime Beat is to educate and inform the public about some of the property crime trends occurring in South 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 11, 9:47 a.m., Ferry Causeway: Complainant advised police that after disembarking the ferry from Victoria, he left his wallet on a bench. The wallet was returned to BC Ferries staff. However, when complainant got his wallet back, he was missing his credit cards, debit card and identification cards. Cards were cancelled.

May 11, 8:55 a.m., 1100-block of 56th Street: Police conducted a traffic stop for sobriety. Officer detected a distinct odour of liquor. Driver provided two “FAIL” samples and was then served a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition. The car was impounded.

May 12, 7:19 a.m., Duncan Drive: Complainant reported mischief that had occurred sometime overnight to both his car and SUV that were parked on the driveway. Someone had smashed the back window of the vehicles. Three additional vehicles were reported with similar damage to back windows in the neighbourhood. Although no stolen items were reported, police would like to remind everyone not to leave any valuables in the car.

May 15, 2:57 p.m.: Complainant reported finding an empty Purolator box and envelope behind an electrical box. The intended residence was identified. Empty parcels were left at front patio with an attached note and file number.

May 15, 6:50 p.m., English Bluff Road: Complainant reported a group of teens had jumped the fence at Fred Gingell Park. Police officer walked down the stairs and spoke to the group of eight to 10 teens and had them pour out their alcohol. Teens were compliant.

May 17, 9:47 p.m., 900-block of 56th Street: Police officer conducted a sobriety check traffic stop of a vehicle. Driver admitted to recent liquor consumption. Approved screening device test administered, and driver failed two times. Driver served with an immediate roadside prohibition and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days. Driver walked home.


May 11, Ladner: Suspects conducted a ransomware attack on a local business. The website is now offline. Suspect used anonymous email to demand cash payment to restore the website. Police note that cybercrime seems to be on the increase since the onset of the pandemic, and advise residents and businesses to ensure all security protocols are up to date and to be on the lookout for phishing schemes.

May 12, 5:02 p.m., 3500-block of River Road West: Complainant reported that his dog had eaten raw meat that was left on the dike while out for a walk earlier in the morning. Complainant threw out the meat after his dog had eaten a large portion of the meat. The dog got sick shortly after and was taken to the vet to have his stomach pumped and treated. It is believed local photographers may have left the meat out to photograph eagles in a nearby nest.

May 12, 6 p.m., 64th Street and Ladner Trunk Road: Police officer conducting patrol in the area queried a vehicle and learned the driver has a prohibition notice on her driver’s license. Police confirmed the driver’s license photo matched the appearance of the driver. The officer served the driver with a prohibition notice for six months and provided a temporary license, until that evening, in order for her to drive to her Metro Vancouver home.

May 16, 9:01 p.m., 4900-block of 53rd Street: Police conducted a traffic stop and the officer smelled liquor emanating from the vehicle. The driver advised he had his last alcohol beverage three hours ago. Approved screening device demand read; driver provided two breath samples which resulted in a 24-hour prohibition. Vehicle towed and driver’s license seized.

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