Unsolved crimes: West Kel

You could have the missing piece of the puzzle that will help the RCMP put someone behind bars.  Here are some recent crimes that Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers hope you can help solve by calling our anonymous tips line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), visit our website at www.crimestoppers.net or text to CRIMES (274637), keyword Ktown.           



There has been an alarming increase in bank frauds and based on the recent reports to RCMP it seems no one is immune from becoming a victim.  While banks are implementing sophisticated measures to protect their customers, thieves are also becoming more and more accomplished in discovering new ways to separate us from our hard earned savings.

Here are a few steps you can take to protect yourself from becoming a victim: 

  • Always insert your chip first instead of swiping the card (this ensures your card cannot be skimmed).
  • Protect your PIN by shielding your pin-pad entry with your hand and don’t lend your card or disclose the PIN number to anyone.
  • One of the most important precautions you can take is to regularly review your transaction history and periodically change your PIN.  Many of the banks have text or email alerts generated when there is an unusual amount of activity on your bank account.  See if your bank is capable and sign up. 
  • If you shop online, consider applying for a credit card with a small spending limit and use it only for your online purchases. 
  • If you are waiting for a new or replacement credit card to arrive in the mail, contact the bank if it doesn’t arrive in a timely manner.
  • If you are a victim, contact your bank immediately in order for them to take appropriate actions to protect you and reimburse lost funds.

If you know anything about this crime, or any other crime, call the Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tips line at 1-800-222-TIPS or visit our website at www.crimestoppers.net.    Your information will be kept confidential and could lead to a reward of up to $2000.00.



DATE:             February 12, 2018

RCMP FILE:   2018-7726

An out of town businessman’s rental car was recently broken into while visiting a winery located on Boucherie Road on the evening of February 12th, 2017.  The thief stole a black and red carry-on size Briggs & Riley suitcase full of clothes, a grey Tumi briefcase, a MacBook laptop, an American passport and some US cash.  The next day a postal worker found the suitcase abandoned nearby on Angus Road and the man was able to recover his passport and some of his other belongings.            

You can help catch these suspects and qualify for a reward by calling Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tips line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), visit our website at www.crimestoppers.net or text to CRIMES (274637), keyword Ktown.

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Okanagan Crime Stoppers is a non profit community based crime solving program working in conjunction with the police, the media and the public to help make your community a safer place in which to live.

Crime Stoppers empowers regular people to fight back against crime. Anyone can submit an anonymous tip by using our tips line, and if that tip leads to an arrest the individual will receive a reward for their efforts.

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