RCMP warns of online marketplace scams (Nova Scotia)

In the last month, Halifax District RCMP have received several reports of online marketplace scams.

Several scams involved victims placing an ad online for various items (these have included clothes, electronics and instruments). The suspect poses as a buyer and asks the seller to send the items, promising that payment will follow. The seller sends the items but the payment never arrives.

Full RCMP Report: https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/news/2021/rcmp-warns-online-marketplace-scams

China hits Canada for statement against arbitrary detention

CTV News and other media outlets are reporting on a statement from China commenting on the issue of ‘arbitrary detention’ regarding the two Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, and Chinese suspect Meng Wanzhou.

CTV Article: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/china-hits-canada-for-statement-against-arbitrary-detention-1.5313827

AP Article: https://apnews.com/article/beijing-ottawa-china-meng-wanzhou-canada-998547511a596e6b475d1837e6b3b53e

Alberta RCMP reports reduced crime rates in 2020

From the Report:
In 2020, the Alberta RCMP saw improved crimes trends throughout the communities it serves. From January through December 2020, there was a 17% decrease in Break & Enters in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions compared to 2019, and a 19% decrease in Theft of Motor Vehicles. Theft Under $5,000 also declined, dropping by 22%, with 7,852 fewer cases reported than the previous year. Overall, there were 14,230 fewer Property Crime offences and 21,285 fewer Total Criminal Code offences in 2020.

Full RCMP Report: https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/news/2021/alberta-rcmp-reports-reduced-crime-rates-2020