Brentwood Bay Community Police Office » Crime Prevention Stories http://brentwoodcommunitypolice.com Connecting with our Community through our Community Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:15:40 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 New Year’s Message /?p=765 /?p=765#comments Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:48:51 +0000 admin /?p=765 January 7, 2013

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Saanichton, B.C.

The Central Saanich Police Service would like to take this opportunity to extend our best wishes for a safe and prosperous New Year to all our E-Alert subscribers. We thank you for your participation and interest and we are committed to continuing to provide timely and useful information to you.

We would also like to recognize Cpl Janis Jean who retired in December 2012.  Cpl Jean had an exceptional and distinguished career of community service and was responsible for many of the innovative services we provide, including the E-Alert program.  Her smiling face and caring spirit will be greatly missed at the Central Saanich Police headquarters.

We are  pleased to announce the launch of a new campaign designed to help seniors protect themselves from scams. The primary message we are sharing with our seniors is to “Ask Us First” if they are solicited for money, services, or personal information from someone they don’t know. “Don’t be scammed – be sure, Ask Us First”.  Large fridge magnets with the same “Ask Us First”  message will be available for free from the Central Saanich Seniors Centre,  the Central Saanich Police Service front counter, and the Central Saanich Community Police office in Brentwood Bay.  See our winter newsletter for further information.

We would also like to pass on a reminder to drivers that children are back in school this week after the Christmas holidays.  Please be aware of children walking to school and the local 30km/h school speed zones.

Thank you,

 

Cpl. Wes Penny

Community Liaison Officer

Central Saanich Police Service

1903 Mount Newton Cross Road,  Saanichton, B.C.

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Vehicle Break In’s and Vandalism /?p=757 /?p=757#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:29:26 +0000 admin /?p=757 Saanichton, B.C.

Central Saanich Police Service is investigating a recent rash of vehicles being broken into in the Keating Cross Road and Tanner Ridge areas.

Over the past few nights there have been several  incidents of crimes involving  theft and vandalism to cars.   Some of the vehicles were broken into and items stolen.   However, in other incidents the suspect used a sharp instrument  to slash tires and  vandalize the interior of the cars.     A  Garmin GPS unit, electronics,  and personal items were stolen,  damage to vehicles was extensive.

Central Saanich Police Service is reminding the E-Alert Community that many theft from autos can be prevented.

The following is a list of Crime Prevention tips to help you reduce the possibility of being a victim:

  • Park your vehicle in a well it area
  • Remove all valuables from  sight
  • Report all suspicious activity to police
  • Activate your car alarm
  • Report car alarms and other suspicious sounds to police

Central Saanich Police Service advises our community to continue to work with us to prevent crime.

]]> /?feed=rss2&p=757 0 Back to School /?p=732 /?p=732#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2012 16:16:34 +0000 admin /?p=732 September  4th marks the return to school for children  in Central Saanich and the Greater Victoria Area.  This means school buses will be highly visible on our streets.  School bus safety and safe driving habits need to be on the minds of everyone, from drivers, parents, caregivers, crossing guards and bus operators as the school year commences.

Take a moment to remind yourselves that children are out on the roads and sidewalks.  We have a responsibility to drive safely to ensure everyone’s return to school is as safe as possible. Remember, allow extra time for getting around, especially in the morning and during the afternoon rush.

School Zones in Central Saanich are 30km/hr during the school day, 8am-5pm.

Here are a few other back to school reminders

–Plan a walking route to school and the school bus stop. Choose the most direct way, with the fewest street crossings, and if possible, use intersections that have school crossing guards.

–Teach children to arrive at the bus stop early, stay out of the street and wait for the bus to come to a complete stop. Remind them to watch for cars and avoid a driver’s blind spot.

–Walk the route with your child before school starts. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren’t many people around.

–Teach your child never to talk to strangers, or accept rides or gifts from strangers.  Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don’t know well or don’t trust.

–Be sure that your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend or neighbor.

–Teach your kids to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers, whether they’re walking, biking or riding the bus to school. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.

–When driving kids to school, drop them off and pick them up in areas designated by the school. Each school has sent out drop-off and pick-up instructions. Please follow them.

 

Let’s get off on the right foot for school this year,

 

Cpl. Pat Bryant

Youth Resource Officer

Central Saanich Police Service

1903 Mount Newton Cross Road,  Saanichton, B.C.

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]]> /?feed=rss2&p=732 0 Identify Theft – It Could Happen To You! /?p=692 /?p=692#comments Fri, 08 Jun 2012 19:25:00 +0000 admin /?p=692

Farid is one of our Community Office Volunteers. Farid  has researched the topic of Identity Theft and provided a very interesting article on how to prevent it from happening to you.    

What is identity Theft and Identity Fraud?

Identity theft refers to the preparatory stage of acquiring and collecting someone else’s personal information for criminal purposes. Identity fraud is the actual deceptive use of the identity information of another person (living or dead) in connection with various frauds (including for example personating another person and the misuse of debit card or credit card data).

Your identity as a Canadian is far more than your height, weight and good looks. Banks and credit card companies in Canada don’t care about the colour of your eyes, hair or skin. In fact, in this online world, you may never meet a person face-to-face to get approval for a loan, line of credit, mortgage, insurance policy or credit card. That’s why your financial identity is your most important personal asset. And that’s why the cruellest white-collar crime is identity theft.

There are five common types of identity theft: Drivers License, Social Insurance Number, Medical, Character/Criminal and Financial Identity Theft.

There are numerous steps to safeguard your identity by checking your wallet, protecting your mailbox, destroying or securing personal papers, computer caution, keeping your social insurance number a secret, guarding your credit cards, being wary on the phone, being vigilant, verifying your credit reports and guarding your access code (PIN) and password from poachers.

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has excellent resources worth checking it out on identity theft, so does the RCMP, Public Safety Canada and Identity Theft FAQ for Canadians. The websites are listed below:

RCMP Identity Theft Web Link 

http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/le/bs/consumers-eng.aspx

http://www.identitytheftfaq.ca/

 

 

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Warm Weather Fraud Scams /?p=688 /?p=688#comments Thu, 24 May 2012 21:48:17 +0000 admin /?p=688 Coreen, one of our Brentwood Community Police Volunteers,  has researched warm weather fraud scams.    It is a good read and we hope you can learn a few tips to avoid becoming a victim:  

Now that the warm weather is upon us, “springtime scams” are already starting to bloom in communities.  We generally like to relax during the warmer months of the year, but criminals are never on vacation.  Because more people are out and about, mowing their lawns, planting gardens, and painting their homes, they are easy targets for shady characters looking to make a fast dollar.  These rip-off artists usually go door-to-door offering a variety of home improvements and repairs from roof and chimney repair, gutter cleaning, roofing, driveway sealing, tree trimming, etc.  Take a little time to protect your property and valuables with these commonsense measures.

Home Improvement Scams
Home Improvement scams wear many faces, but most of them emulate, in some form, the “travelling handyman”.  A person knocks on a door, saying they’re doing other work in the neighbourhood or that they have leftover supplies from a different job.  They offer to do some work, take the money in advance, and are never seen again.  This is a common ploy of fly-by-night contractors who often use their pickup trucks as their places of business.  Of course, there are many variations on this theme, but they all have the same goal: to separate trusting homeowners from their money.

Complaints against home improvement/home repair contractors are among the most common consumer complaints received by Better Business Bureau.  They warn against hiring someone unless you know, without question, their permanent business address.  And that’s only the first question you should ask.  Reputable business people will have no problem answering your questions and supplying proof of who they are and their expertise.

Better Business Bureau receives a wide range of complaints, including high-pressure sales tactics, confusion over contract terms, poor workmanship, over-charging and incomplete job performance.

Tips for Avoiding Home Improvement Scams

  • Scrutinize anyone who might perform home improvement services for you—especially those who knock on your door and just happen to be in the neighborhood.
  • Always demand to see proof of their permanent business address, proper identification and appropriate licensing and insurance BEFORE letting anyone into your home.
  • Compare costs before making a financial commitment toward any home improvement project.
  • Work out the details of the amount of the payment, the payment schedule, and the scope of work (the details of what work is to be completed) before any money is exchanged and before work begins.  If you are asked to pay for the entire job up front, this should raise a red flag.  Arrange for payments to be made as parts of the job are completed (usually in thirds).  Final payment should not be due until the job is complete and you are satisfied with the work.  Homeowners should pay by check or credit card, never cash.
  • Get everything in writing. Asking for a written estimate might discourage a con-artist. Any reputable home improvement professional will understand that they are competing for your business and should be happy to give you a written estimate.  This is a great way to judge the differences in professionalism and cost.
  • Don’t allow yourself to be rushed. Do your research through the use of free resources at your disposal – internet services, neighbours and references.  Never let a contractor pressure you into making a snap decision.  A reputable professional will recognize that you need time to consider many factors when deciding which contractor to hire.
  • Don’t fall for the high-pressure stories, such as “this offer is only good if you take it now” or “once we leave your street we won’t be able to give you such a bargain again”.

 

Tips for Avoiding Home Burglaries

If you’re out working in your garden or washing your vehicle:

  • Make sure you keep your doors locked.  Carry a key with you and lock your front door and your back door.  Some criminals specialize in stealing from homes when people are outside doing yard work.
  • When you finish with that yard work, remember to clean up and lock up behind you.  When you put your rake and other tools in the shed, garage or basement, don’t forget to lock the doors.  An open door is an invitation to a thief.  Deny criminals the opportunity to steal by securing your home and property.

And finally, if you do see anyone suspicious lurking around your neighborhood, call the Police and make them aware.  Enjoy all that Spring and Summer has to offer, but don’t be a victim of scams or fraud and don’t allow your home to become a target for burglars.

For more information and to view recent news and alerts, visit the Better Business Bureau website at:  http://vi.bbb.org/i-am-a-consumer/

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Lock Away Your Garage Door Openers! /?p=675 /?p=675#comments Tue, 15 May 2012 18:07:35 +0000 admin /?p=675 After an attempt break and enter to a home on Stelly’s Cross Road early yesterday morning,  Central Saanich Police Service is reminding our E-Alert Community that burglars will sometimes access homes in ways we don’t always suspect.

Central Saanich Police responded to a home in the Stelly’s Cross Road neighbourhood after a resident reported waking up in the middle of the night after his garage door was opened by an unknown person.    No access was gained to the interior of the house, however,  it was possibly the intent of the burglar.

Police are advising that is not just through windows or back doors that criminals will try and gain entry to your home.   Sometimes they will access your home through the ease of  opening your garage door.   An unsuspecting home owner may leave a garage door opener  inside their car and have it stolen (along with your insurance papers with your home address).  In possession of your garage door remote, burglars can come to your home and have easy access to your garage.Occasionally, through software and sophisticated electronic devices, burglars can determine the radio frequency of your garage door opener and access your garage and potentially your home.     

This type of Break and Enter is relatively uncommon in Central Saanich and there are ways we can work together to prevent it.  Here are some tips:

  • Lock your interior entry garage door with a 2’ deadbolt.
  • Take your garage door opener out of your vehicle when it is parked.
  • If you go away on vacation – disable your garage door opener so it cannot be opened electronically.
  • If you have bought a new garage door opener, be sure to change the code immediately to reduce access by burglars.   This also applies to the external keypad.
  • If your car has been broken into – look and see if your garage door opener is also missing.
  • Join Block Watch and get to know your neighbours.   By joining Block Watch you bring your neighbourhood together to look out for one another.

 

Central Saanich Police Service is reminding the public to report any suspicious activity to police.

 

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Business Break and Enter Attempt /?p=659 /?p=659#comments Thu, 03 May 2012 17:55:21 +0000 admin /?p=659 Central Saanich Police Service is investigating a break and enter attempt to  a business in Brentwood Bay that occurred this morning. 

At approximately 2:40am  police responded to an alarm at a business in the 7000 block of West Saanich Road.     Upon arrival officers located evidence of a break and enter attempt, however, the break-in was not successful and burglars had not gained access to the business.    Central Saanich Police Service also investigated a similar incident to a business on Keating Cross Road that occurred last month, however, the culprits had entered the business on Keating Cross Road.  

Central Saanich Police Service is reminding the public to report any suspicious activity or suspicious sounds, especially in the early hours when business break- ins are at a greater risk.

After hours suspicious activity in a business district can include slow driving vehicles, sensor lights turning on, people peering into windows or looking out for police (“standing six”). Suspicious sounds can include low, muffled voices or sounds of forced entry (breaking glass,  breaking wood or prying metal).     Please report any audible alarms that you hear.   

If you are a business owner and would like information on how to prevent crime  please contact the Central Saanich Police Service Community Services Section at 250.652.4441       

]]> /?feed=rss2&p=659 0 Lock it or Lose it /?p=643 /?p=643#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2012 20:30:17 +0000 admin /?p=643  

Central Saanich Police Service is reminding our E-Alert community to lock your cars and remove any valuables.

Late Monday afternoon a local resident parked her car in a shopping area in the Saanichton Village.    The woman had left her vehicle for a short time, however, when she returned she determined that her car had been entered and her backpack was missing.    Unfortunately,  there was also a black MEC raincoat, two cellular telephones and some personal items inside the backpack.

The stolen property is still outstanding.

Central Saanich Police Service is offering some tips on preventing theft from auto:

  1. Remove all valuables from your car,
  2. Lock your car,
  3. Take your garage door opener with you or secure it out of sight.  Some criminals will take your garage door opener and documents ( i.e. insurance papers) with your address on it in efforts to gain access to your home later,
  4. Park in well lit areas with a lot of  pedestrian traffic,
  5. Report all suspicious activity to police.

 If you have any questions regarding Crime Prevention in your community please call us at 250.652.4441.

 

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Don’t Invite the ” Green Thumb Burglar” into your Home! /?p=624 /?p=624#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2012 19:24:51 +0000 admin /?p=624

Spring has sprung and many of us are thinking about planting flowers, fertilizing the lawn or just spending long awaited time outside in the yard.      Unfortunately, this weather often makes crooks think of new opportunities to get into your home and steal your valuables.       When the weather becomes warmer the Green Thumb Burglar comes out of hibernation!

How does the Green Thumb Burglar operate?   When the weather is warmer, residents tend to leave  windows and doors open for variety of reasons.   This is often when we are working in the garden or just outside enjoying some long awaited sunshine.        The Green Thumb Burglar  is not breaking down your door or forcing your  windows.   This crook  simply enters your home through unlocked doors or windows while you are outside.     The Green Thumb Burglar is an opportunist and will watch for people tending to their garden and he will  quietly  slip into their  home and quickly make off with  wallets, jewelry or other valuables

 Please enjoy the sunshine but don’t give any “window” of opportunity to this  burglar.

 Report all suspicious activity to police.

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Police Warn Of Very Convincing Fraudster In Latest Credit Card Scam Alert /?p=571 /?p=571#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2012 16:32:57 +0000 admin /?p=571 Central Saanich Police Service is warning our E-Alert Community of an evolving  credit card scam.  The scam starts when someone calls your house claiming to be  “Security”  or a  “Fraud investigator”  with a major credit card company.   These scammers will already have your name, address  and credit card information when they make the call and they  can be very convincing.      This con artist  will then tell you that fraudulent charges have been made on your card and that you are required to provide them your three digit Card Security Code ( CVV2) on the back of your credit card to verify you are the card owner.   The “Security Investigator”  will tell you he needs this information  to reverse the charges.     DO NOT GIVE THEM THIS CODE!

If you do give them your CODE,  these scam artists will fraudulently purchase numerous goods with your credit card.

Please, if you receive this call, do not provide any information about your credit card or any personal information.  Contact your bank and your credit card company and advise them that you received this phone call.

Note – MasterCard and Visa have a three digit security code on the back of the card.   American Express

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