DELTA Police say they have noticed a recent increase in two particular types of incidents affecting Delta businesses and residents in the past few months: the passing of counterfeit Canadian currency and thefts from vehicles.
They are appealing to businesses and residents to be wary when handling large denomination Canadian bills after a number of reports of fake $100 notes were found to be circulating.
Since October 1 there have been three incidents where $100 counterfeit bills have been passed at local businesses in Tsawwassen and North Delta. The quality of the counterfeit $100 bills is extremely poor and the hologram has been tampered with (no hologram face, the hologram strip has been glued on, and the zeros in ‘100’ don’t line up). The description of these counterfeit bills is similar to the counterfeit bills that were being passed earlier this year in Tsawwassen.
Typically, the suspect will enter a store and pay for a small purchase of a couple of dollars with a large denomination bill, saying that they do not have any change or bank cards. Once the suspect receives the change from the business, they leave very quickly before the clerk has had a chance to look at the bill and realize it is counterfeit.
The Bank of Canada offers the following tips to merchants who suspect they have been offered a counterfeit note during a transaction:
* Assess the situation to ensure that you are not at risk. Then do the following:
– Politely refuse the note and explain that you suspect that it may be counterfeit.
– Ask for another note (and check it too).
– Advise the person to check the note with the local police.
– Inform your local police of a possible attempt to pass suspected counterfeit money.
– Be courteous. Remember that the person in possession of the bill could be an innocent victim who does not realize that the note is suspicious.
More information on counterfeit Canadian Currency can be found at: http://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/counterfeit-prevention/
ALSO, there has been an increase in thefts from parked vehicles in North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen. In many of these cases, the vehicles were left insecure and / or valuable personal belongings were left in the vehicles in plain sight.
According to ICBC, the top 10 items stolen from vehicles in 2012 were:
* Personal electronics
* Work tools
* Credit cards and identification
* Stereo equipment
* Cash and change
* Car parts and accessories
* Garage door openers
Delta Police remind you to never to leave valuables in your vehicle, even if they are hidden from view. Even visible small change or sunglasses can be enough of an incentive for thieves to break in.
Delta Police offer the following tips to help reduce the risk of theft:
* Use an anti-theft device
* Always lock your vehicle
* Remove all possessions from your vehicle – including small change, sunglasses, music players, electronics, brief cases, etc.
* Do not leave your garage door opener in your car
* Even if you are only parking for short periods, remove all valuables
* Park in well-lit areas with near pedestrian traffic
6. News media reinforce sexual exploitation stereotypes
NEWS stories about sexually exploited youth in Canada perpetuate unhelpful stereotypes, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.
The study, recently published in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, found that stories seldom focus on perpetrators, do not capture the diversity of victims, and use words that legitimize the illegal act of sexual exploitation committed against youth.
“Our research shows that news reports commonly use words that portray exploitive experiences as ‘business’ or ‘trade,’ and sometimes call exploiters ‘customers’ – if they mention those who are buying sex at all,” says Elizabeth Saewyc, lead author of the study and professor at the UBC School of Nursing. “This has consequences for how society views these young people and their situation, and what we do about it.”
Researchers examined 835 Canadian print news articles and compared them to existing research about sexually exploited youth. Their findings show that Canadian print media typically portrayed a specific image of sexual exploitation, often older teenage girls on street corners, even though research evidence shows nearly equal rates of exploitation among girls and boys.
“If you’re a young person being exploited, but you constantly hear that only certain kinds of people are exploited, or only in these stereotypical ways, you may not even recognize this is what’s happening to you,” says Saewyc. “We hoped our study would show improvements in reporting over time, but that isn’t what we found.”
Saewyc believes service providers and researchers can be advocates for accurate reporting, but editors and reporters have a responsibility to avoid stereotypes. She recommends that news stories place greater focus on the exploiters and more accurately reflect the experiences of victims of sexual exploitation.