Protect Yourself


Fraud is a significant challenge in our community. Numerous fraud attempts happen in Victoria and Esquimalt each and every day. By monies taken, the most significant frauds in our communities are:
  • The “grandchild ‘send money I’m in trouble or hurt'” scam
  • “The Canada Revenue Agency (aka) you owe money to government or business and we’ll hurt you if you don’t pay” scam
  • The sweetheart scam 

Many of these fraudsters contact their potential victims over the phone of through the internet. They often take advantage of victim’s caring nature and willingness to help, or their goodness. The Canada Revenue Agency scam calls are particularly aggressive, resulting in several people attending police departments across the country to turn themselves in for charges which are entirely false.

When a fraud does occur, the perpetrators often reside in another country or even continent, which makes investigation and the laying of charges very difficult. Additionally, many who fall prey to fraudsters do not report their loss, out of a sense of embarrassment for having fallen victim.

The greatest weapon we all have to combat fraud is knowledge. If you are unsure, call police at (250) 995-7654.

VicPD is helping you fight fraud – particularly that which targets the older members of our community.

In consultation with experts in elder care, we have created a Fraud Prevention Handbill specifically designed for seniors and those who are suffering from memory loss. We encourage you have them available in your facility or to place them near a telephone or computer. Please feel free to print one out if you are unable to get one of ours. VicPD Volunteers and Reserve Members will be handing out fraud cards at community events. VicPD Reserve Members are also available to give fraud prevention talks – free of charge.

What to do if you think you may have fallen victim to fraud

Please call our non-emergency line and report what’s happened. Many people don’t report it when they discover they’ve been a victim of fraud. Often, it is because they feel ashamed; they feel as though they should have known better. For those who have fallen victim to an online romance fraud, the emotional trauma and sense of betrayal is even greater. There is no shame in falling victim to a fraud. Fraudsters are experts at manipulating the best parts of people to for their own personal gain. While many frauds originate outside of Canada and thus are particularly difficult to investigate and to bring charges against their perpetrators by reporting the fraud to our financial crimes section, you are fighting back. You are fighting back by helping keep others from also falling victim to fraud and you are giving VicPD the most important tool to help bring it to an end – you are bringing your knowledge of what happened.

If you think you may have fallen victim to fraud, please call us at (250) 995-7654.

More Fraud Resources 

BC Securities Commission  (Investment Fraud)

National Investment Fraud Vulnerability Reports

Bike Registry

We are adopting the use of Project 529 Garage, an app that allows bike owners to register their bikes themselves, and permit owners to keep their bike information up-to-date.

Project 529 Garage’s app is already used by police departments across Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and elsewhere. With the ability for bicycle owners to upload photos of their bikes, notify other users if their bike is stolen through alerts and the ability to register using just an email, Project 529 has seen success in many jurisdictions. Many in Victoria and Esquimalt have already registered their bikes through Project 529 and VicPD officers will have access to the app on their issued devices to query found bicycles.  For more information on Project 529, please visit

The transition to Project 529 is a “win-win” for community and the police.

Maintaining and supporting VicPD’s bike registry required resources from volunteer Reserve Constables and VicPD Records staff, while new online services have emerged that offer bike owners new ways to protect their bikes.  By moving away from a VicPD-supported Bike Registry, this will allow the department to reinvest our resources into other high-demand areas.

We have halted new registrations to the VicPD Bike Registry and our volunteer Reserve Constables have been contacting those who have registered their bikes with us to let them know the registry is closing.  Reserves have also reached out to local bicycle shops in Victoria and Esquimalt, who were valuable partners in the success of the VicPD Bike Registry to thank them for their partnership.

In keeping with B.C.’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, all information in the VicPD Bike Registry will be deleted by June 30th, 2021.

VicPD officers will continue to respond to and investigate bicycle thefts.

Project 529 FAQs

What do I do if I previously registered my bike with you?

It will be up to you as a bike owner to re-register your bicycles with Project 529, if wish to do so, as the Victoria Police Department will not share your personal information. Project 529 is not a VICPD program and any personal information collected is via the service offered by Project 529. 

What if I don’t want to register with Project 529?

Bike owners can also just record their own bicycle details including photos. If they want police assistance in recovering their stolen bicycles, it is essential to make a police report by calling our Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 ext 1 or by using our online reporting service.

How do I get a Project 529 shield?

Project 529 offers “shields” – stickers which identify your bike as registered with project 529. If you wish to get a unique “shield” for your bicycle or assistance in registering your bicycle, you can contact one of the registration station locations found on the Project 529 website under the “shield” tab.  Please contact the business prior to showing up for a shield as they may have limited stock.

What happens between now and June 30, 2021?

If you have any other bicycles registered with us, until June 30, 2021 both the VICPD bike registry and Project 529 will be utilized to contact owners of bicycles that VICPD recover.  After June 30, 2021, only the Project 529 site will be utilized as the VICPD registry and all data in it will be deleted and not be searchable.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence affects women, men children, wives, husbands, fathers, mothers, parents, grandparents, friends, and families.  Its impacts can be felt across generations and throughout our entire community.  That’s why our dedicated Domestic Violence Unit wanted this web page created: to try to start the conversation about domestic violence.  As Det. Sgt Kerrilee Jones says, “domestic violence isn’t just a police problem, it’s an everyone problem.”

Although every officer receives specific training in domestic violence, VicPD has taken it one step further and added a Domestic Violence Officer to every patrol shift.  These officers are not only part of the initial response, but are very proactive in reaching out to victims, ensuring safety planning, and referring resources in the community.  Our dedicated Domestic Violence Unit is part of our Investigative Services Division in the Behavioral Assessment Management Unit, and they manage all of our Intimate Partner Violence investigations that are reported to our department.  Kerrilee and her partner, Det. Cst Lisa Forcier, work extensively with Victims Services, transition houses, and a number of our community partners to ensure victims, children, and offenders receive the support they need.

All local police agencies participate in the Integrated Regional Domestic Violence Unit, which works on files that often cross regional boundaries and deal with our highest risk investigations.  Regardless of which team our officers work with , know that they are focused on one main goal – stopping the violence.

If you have concerns about the safety of someone you care about, please call us at (250) 995-7654. If there’s immediate danger, please call 911.