Squamish RCMP is urging the public to do proper research when it comes to rental properties on Craigslist or other such websites.
The warning comes after an incident in which a local citizen did due diligence about a property he was interested in renting.
On Wednesday, February 27th, Squamish RCMP became aware of a rental scam the complainant found on Craigslist.
The complainant told the police he found a two-bedroom suite for rent for $1,000. Before any financial transaction, however, the complainant did some investigation on his own and found that there was no such property for rent.
In fact, the property owner had a sign warning people his property was falsely being advertised for rent, presumably to dupe people of money.
Cpl Sascha Banks of Squamish RCMP said people should be aware of such advertisements. Such scams are frequently seen in Whistler, she noted. “Please do your research,” she says.
DUMPSTER ON FIRE
On Tuesday, February 26th, at approximately 1:30 pm, Squamish RCMP noted a large amount of smoke bellowing out of an area behind The Chieftain Pub. Squamish Fire was called after police located a dumpster in the alleyway engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished and believed to be from materials placed in the dumpster from the ongoing construction and nothing suspicious was identified.
SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE AT LOCAL GAS STATION LEADS POLICE TO
On Wednesday, February 27th, a Bowen Island police officer was at a local gas station on Cleveland Avenue and noted several males in a vehicle that were smoking Cannabis. Upon further investigation, the driver was found to be prohibited from driving Canada wide and was subsequently arrested. The driver was also later arrested for Possession of drugs and a Breach.
The male, from Ontario, was released on documents for court in North Vancouver in May of 2019.
VEHICLE REPORTED STOLEN WAS FOUND TO BE TOWED DUE TO PARKING VIOLATION
On Sunday, March 3rd, at around 10:15 am, Squamish RCMP were notified that a vehicle had been stolen from the 40000 block of Tantalus Road. Upon further investigation it was found that the vehicle was towed due to it being illegally parked. Squamish RCMP receives a number of complaints regarding parking on Tantalus Road and police along with Squamish Bylaw have increased parking enforcement in this area as of late. The public needs to ensure they are legally parking and to take note of the signs around them.