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Esquimalt businesses unite to fight crime next week

Chamber hosting town hall on topic of fraud

By Tim Collins

The Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce and the Victoria Police Department have come together to offer business owners and operators an opportunity to learn about the latest trends in business crime and fraud in their community.

It’s not a new issue, said Murray Boyce, a director with the chamber of commerce, but the sad truth is criminals are constantly evolving and coming up with new ways to victimiz unsuspecting business owners.

“The more we know, the better able we are to deal with it when it occurs,” said Boyce.

The town hall meeting is slated for Wednesday, May 10, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Esquimalt Curling Rink Lounge and will feature presentations by police chief Del Manak, as well as a group of constables who deal with commercial crime and fraud on a regular basis.

Kimberly Kelley of the VicPD Reserves will also be on hand to explain and promote the free security audit offered by the reserves.

The town hall presentations will touch on a number of issues ranging from counterfeit currency to credit card fraud, and attendees will be given an opportunity to participate in a question and answer period where they can share their experiences and seek advice on the full range of issues.

There is no cost for the town hall meeting, but those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Monday, May 8 at There will be door prizes drawn and refreshments served.