Protect Your Property

  • Become involved with Block Watch
  • Add extra outdoor lighting
  • Make sure windows/sliding doors are secure and can’t be forced or lifted out of their frame
  • Use deadbolts
  • Keep trees trimmed to prevent “hiding spots”
  • When working outside keep any doors and windows you cannot see locked
  • Thieves do not like to work too hard, make it difficult for them
  • Review security of all storage areas or outbuildings on your property
  • Consider placing unique identification markings on your property items
  • Record and store serial number information for property items whenever possible

Prevent Theft From Auto

  • Avoid leaving any valuable items stored in an unattended vehicle
  • Never leave valuables, such as wallets, purses and computers in plain view
  • Valuables in the trunk are at risk. If you must put valuables in the trunk, place them there before arriving at your destination
  • Watch for suspicious acting people loitering in the area of parked cars or sitting in a parked car
  • Park in a well lit area if you expect to return to your car after dark
  • Keep a record of all your credit card numbers. Write down the serial numbers, makes and models of your personal property
  • Become involved with Block Watch

TFA Gifts To Loved Ones Not Thieves

Long Boarding - Protect Yourself From Injury


It’s your body versus thousands of pounds of metal and plastic.  West Vancouver Police urge all long boarders to carefully consider personal safety, understand the risks of their sport and to understand and abide by District of West Vancouver Bylaws.  

Serious injuries have resulted from long boarding related collisions in West Vancouver.

Long boarding and Skate Boarding is prohibited on all public streets in West Vancouver under District Bylaw 4370 - Section 8.7.1.

Skateboarding is permitted in designated skate parks at Ambleside Park and at the Gleneagles Community Centre. West Vancouver Police and West Vancouver Bylaw Services encourage long boarders to seek opportunities to participate in their sport in organized events on closed and controlled roadways to more effectively manage risks associated to the sport. 

There are presently no such closed or controlled areas in West Vancouver.  Bylaw enforcement is undertaken to address community concerns regarding the risks of injury and property damage resulting from long boarding. Bylaw Offences can be reported to West Vancouver Police at 604-925-7300 or to District of West Vancouver Bylaw services at Offences under the bylaw are subject to a $45 dollar fine, however, West Vancouver Police believe the risks of personal injury or worse should outweigh any consideration of a bylaw ticket or enforcement consequence.

Safety equipment for Long Boarding is designed primarily to protect from impacts or abrasion from the road surface during falls and will offer very limited protection against injury resulting from collisions with much larger motor vehicles.  Public streets are a space shared by many types of vehicles and long boarders are among the smallest and most vulnerable in that space. 


Protect Your Home When You Are On Vacation


Fitting some well earned time away into the remainder of the summer?  Add simple prevention steps to your checklist before leaving.  If you are going on vacation or are going to be away from your home or apartment for several days, create the appearance that someone is occupying your residence.

  • Leave your home in the care of someone you trust. Let them know where you can be reached in case of emergency.
  • Arrange to have mail and newspapers picked up, your grass cut or the leaves raked as necessary. 
  • Have someone you trust check both inside and outside the house every few days.
  • Consider timers on interior lights when you are going to be away or just out for the evening. These can be set to turn the lights and radio or television on and off intermittently to give the appearance that someone is home.
  • Have a neighbour park their car in your driveway or your designated parking stall. If you have a garage, keep the door closed and locked so no one can see if your car is gone.
  • Turn the ringer on your telephone off or set your answering machine or voicemail to pick up on the second ring and do not leave specific information about your absence.
  • Install security lights around the perimeter of your house. They are relatively inexpensive and are a great deterrent, especially if they are set with motion detectors. If you already have non-motion lights, battery operated add-on motion sensors exist that simply screw into the existing light socket and mount near the fixture.
  • Never leave a note or a voicemail message indicating you are not at home.


  • Leave shades, blinds and curtains in normal positions.
  • Do not share your vacation plans in social media. Information for your friends about how far away you are from home or work is information that can be used by others to target your residence.


Protect Youtself From Identity Theft



Protect Yourself On Transit


West Vancouver Police and the South Coast BC Transit Authority Police work in partnership to keep passengers and staff safe while on transit.  You can help. Here are some tips to help you keep you and your belongings safe while on the go.  Protect yourself, and if you 'See Something, Say Something'. Report all suspicious activity to police whether on transit or elsehwere.


Protect Yourself On The Roads


·          Always cross at marked crosswalks or at an intersection.

You forfeit some of your rights as a pedestrian if you cross elsewhere.

·          Obey any pedestrian signals and pause, look left-right-left

to make sure the road is clear in both directions before stepping on the roadway, even if you have the right of way. Keep your head up and look for vehicles that may not see you.

·          If a vehicle approaches, make eye contact with the driver

to be sure she/he sees you before you cross and while crossing.

·          Look before walking past stopped vehicles.

Do not cross just because a driver waves you on. Be sure all lanes are clear first. Check each lane as you go.

·          Remember that bicyclists are not considered pedestrians

unless they are walking their bikes. Otherwise, they are considered vehicles.

·          If you’re wearing an MP3 player (iPod),

only wear one ear phone so you can hear everything around you

·          If you have to walk on a roadway,

walk against traffic, it’s the law. If there’s a sidewalk, you must use it.


         Yield to pedestrians.

         Remember that bicyclists are not considered pedestrians

unless walking the bike. Otherwise, they are considered vehicles

and forfeit their rights as pedestrians in the case of an accident or ticketing.

         Use marked bike paths or multi-use paths when available.

         Obey vehicular traffic signals and laws on the roadways.

         Use extra caution as you transition between bike paths, roads

Be aware that your actions are unpredictable to drivers and pedestrians.

         Only ride on the roadway in the direction of the traffic, Riding on a sidewalk is illegal.

·          Wear a Helmet, IT’S THE LAW


         Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections.

         Be prepared to stop

at all marked crosswalks and intersections. Stay alert and reduce speed in areas with crosswalks and intersections.

         Be alert for bicyclists

whose approaches to the crosswalk may be much swifter than those of pedestrians.

         Come to a complete stop

if pedestrians are crossing or preparing to cross.

         Wait until pedestrians have crossed at least one lane past the lane you are in

before resuming travel.

         Never pass another vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down at a crosswalk.

         Use a Hands Free Device for cell phones, IT’S THE LAW

         Wear your Seatbelt

Only 6-8 % of the driving public fails to wear their seat belt, yet this small group is involved in 40% of all fatal collisions.

Protect Yourself From Sexual  Assault

There are things you can do to reduce your risk of sexual assault

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk with confidence. The more confident you look, the stronger you appear.
  • Know your personal limits when it comes to using alcohol or intoxicants.
  • Be assertive — don’t let anyone violate your space.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings, leave.
  • Don’t prop open self-locking doors.
  • Lock your door and your windows, even if you leave for just a few minutes.
  • Watch your keys. Don’t lend them. Don’t leave them. Don’t lose them. And don’t put your name and address on the key ring.
  • Watch out for unwanted visitors. Know who’s on the other side of the door before you open it.
  • Be wary of isolated spots, like underground garages, offices after business hours, and apartment laundry rooms.
  • Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night. Vary your route. Stay in well-traveled, well-lit areas.
  • Have your key ready to use before you reach the door — home, car, or work.
  • Park in well-lit areas and lock the car, even if you’ll only be gone a few minutes.
  • Never hitchhike or pick up a hitchhiker.
  • Keep your car in good shape with plenty of gas in the tank.
  • Keep a cellphone with you and charged at all times 

Prevent Illegal Drug Labs In Your Neighbourhood

The following indicators, sometimes noted in combination, are possible indicators of an illegal or clandestine drug lab.  Please contact West Vancouver Police promptly if you have reason to suspect such an operation is in your neighbourhood


  • Unusual odours (ether, ammonia, acetone or other chemicals)
  • Excessive amounts of trash, particularly chemical containers
  • Coffee filters or pieces of cloth stained red and duct tape rolls
  • Curtains always drawn or windows covered with aluminum foil or blackened on residences, garages, sheds or other structures
  • Evidence of chemical waste or dumping
  • Frequent visitors, particularly at unusual times
  • Extensive  security measures or unusual attempts to ensure privacy.(newly installed  no trespassing signs, beware of dog signs, fences, other other sudden installed vision blockers)
  • Secretive or unfriendly occupants

For more detailed information visit or the Breaking Stories page of  this website.  Join an existing BlockWatch or form your own BlockWatch.


Prevent Marijuana Grow Operations in Your Neighbourhood

The following are some characteristics associated to marijuana growing operations. This list is a guideline only as investigations vary widely and the individual presence of single factors listed here does not necessarily indicate criminal activity.


  • Occupants or persons attending residence don't appear regularly employed but drive expensive vehicles.
  • Dark coverings or foil over some windows. Lights constantly on in outbuildings or  some rooms in house.
  • Heavy condensation on the windows. Absence of frost or snow on the roof when houses nearby have frost or snow.
  • Sounds of electrical humming, Fans or trickling water, especially  at unusual hours
  • Unusual number of roof vents. Unusual amounts of steam coming from vents in cold weather.
  • Sudden installation of extra security measures i.e. fencing, guard dogs, bars on windows.
  • Entry exclusively through automatic garage doors with residents rarely seen out of vehicles.
  • Strange 'skunky' odour noted in immediate vicinity.
  • Unusual or modified wiring on building exterior.
  • Localized power surges or brown-outs - neighborhood residences or units experience unexplained power surges or lights dimming
  • Residents avoid contact with neighbors. Visitors attend at odd hours, park away from residence and walk in.
  • Children's toys and bikes left outside but children are not  seen at residence.
  • Quantities of growing equipment and supplies taken into house, shed,garage.  No other indication of active gardening at property. 
  • House appears vacant. Yard poorly tended. Flyers accumulatied at the door.
  • Hoses running from doors or windows on the exterior of the house.
  • Occupants move in unannounced overnight, or move in and then are absent for  extended periods without explanation. 
  • On Garbage days there is no garbage, Or you never see normal activity at the house but there is lots of garbage.

Consider that high rise buildings or  condominiums have also been found to be sites of growing operations. Report suspicious circumstances confidentially to West Vancouver Police or contact us at 604-925-7300 for more information. Join an existing BlockWatch or  form your own new BlockWatch.


More Information

For ongoing Self Protection and Crime Prevention Information become an On-Line member of ePolicing with West Vancouver Police.