Brentwood Bay Community Police Office » Media Release 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 The Amanda Todd Tragedy /?p=742 /?p=742#comments Thu, 18 Oct 2012 21:10:26 +0000 admin /?p=742 I think we all grieved  upon hearing the details in the news coverage of the suicide of the young Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd.   As the story unfolded, many of us tried to make sense of the death of such a young girl with so much promise.  Instead of dreaming of her future like most 15 year old girls,  Amanda was living in a nightmare with ruthless tormentors.   Since learning of this tragedy I have had several conversations with fellow officers about the Amanda Todd case.

Like many of you,  we have listened to the news coverage and watched Amanda’s heartbreaking You Tube video in efforts to understand how this could have happened and what we can do to prevent it from ever happening again.  As police officers we are often  first on the scene when tragedy strikes and we seek ways to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.    Our eyes are not only eyes of a police officer when we see these tragedies,  we see them as parents, husbands,  wives and fellow community members.

The circumstances leading up to Amanda’s death are multi layered and complex involving cyber bullying, bullying and a host of other factors.  The police investigation into the circumstances is a dedicated one.  Hopefully,  when the investigation is concluded,  we will learn ways to prevent this from happening again and Amanda’s death will not be in vain.    It takes a village to raise a child; it is my hope that collectively we can all offer support, friendship, kindness  or a simple referral  to those in our community who need it.   There is no single answer on how we keep our kids safe.    However, if we keep the conversations going and provide support to those who may be in need we can make a difference in many lives.    I want to share with our E-ALERT community some options that are available to assist children, youth and families on issues surrounding bullying, cyber crimes and mental health support.

 

In addition to the agencies noted above, Cpl. Pat Bryant,  the Central Saanich Police Service Youth Resource Officer,  is available to assist children, youth and families.   Cpl. Bryant has been in the schools talking to parents, youth and teachers about bullying, cyber bullying and internet safety.     He can be reached at #250-652-4441.

Thank you for taking the time to read this important message.    We value the partnership with our community in our endeavor  to keep children and youth safe.  Please forward this E-Alert to anyone that may benefit from knowing these available resources.   If you have any questions or if we can help in any way, please let us know.

 

Thank you,

 

Cpl. Janis Jean

 

Community Liaison Officer

Central Saanich Police Service

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

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New Recruits off to Police Academy /?p=705 /?p=705#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:00:25 +0000 admin /?p=705 Sgt. Andy Duke recently completed the process of selecting two new recruits to join the Central Saanich Police Service.  The two successful candidtates were Anil APA (left) and Nigel SMALLWOOD (right).   Sgt. Duke has provided  some insight into  our selection process and given us some background into our candidate’s experience and education.     We look forward to Cst. SMALLWOOD and Cst. APA joining us at Central Saanich Police Service.  

Central Saanich Police has hired two new recruits to the Service.  The process began back in August of 2011 and initially began with a view to hiring one new recruit.  Very quickly, fifty-four applicants applied for this one position.  The process to become a police officer is lengthy, detailed and quite arduous.  Applicants submit themselves to writing a lengthy application, a detailed integrity and lifestyle questionnaire, a written exam, numerous interviews, physical testing, an assessment of their abilities to perform and record information under stress, medical testing, a polygraph test and a detailed background investigation.  Completing this process is quite an achievement in itself.  We eventually identified two outstanding candidates and due to some changes in personnel, as the process concluded in March 2012, the Service found itself in the fortunate position to be able to take two new recruits, something that has never happened before in the history of the Service.

Our two new members headed off to the Police Academy in April.  Anil APA  is originally from Turkey and holds a degree in economics.  He also served as a sergeant in the Turkish army.  Since coming to Canada he has been part of the Victoria Police Reserves, worked in positions of authority and he takes an active role volunteering in the community.  Nigel SMALLWOOD is originally from England where he worked as an investigator for Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise and the Serious Organized Crime Agency.  After coming to Canada he obtained further education, his commercial pilots license and he volunteers with civil air search and rescue.  The training at the Police Academy in Vancouver, bisected with some patrol training at Central Saanich, will have these new police officers qualified and ready to take on their new roles in December 2012.  We very much look forward to their arrival back here, trained and raring to go.

Sgt. Andy DUKE

Central Saanich Police Service

 

 

 

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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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Police Seek Public Assistance /?p=600 /?p=600#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:48:48 +0000 admin /?p=600 Central Saanich Police Service is investigating a targeted home invasion that occurred earlier this week at a residence in Central Saanich.

Police received a 911 call from a home in the 6800 Block of East Saanich Road shortly before 10pm on April 10, 2012.    The caller reported a  home invasion  had just occurred and the suspects had fled in a pickup truck.      Police units arrived at the residence shortly after and  located four victims unharmed in the home.       Police believe this incident was a targeted crime linked to illegal activity.

It appears that in the course of the incident three males entered the house brandishing weapons and  threatened  the occupants.  One  occupant of the house was struck  but not hurt.    The suspects stole   undisclosed items prior to leaving the residence.   

 

 

Suspect’s  description as follows:

Suspect #1:

  • Caucasian Male, tall and slim build
  • 19 years
  • Shaggy Brown hair and no facial hair
  • Wearing baseball cap, white gloves, dark jeans and black DC running shoes

    Suspect #2:

  • Caucasian Male, 5’7” slim build and slim face
  • 25 years

    Suspect #3:

  • Caucasian Male,  5’7” heavy build ( 180-190lbs)
  • 25 years
  • Short dark  hair
  • Wearing gray sweat pants and Nike running shoes

The suspects fled in a vehicle described as follows:

  • 2011/2012 Black Ford F150 Extended Cab Pickup with black canopy.  Low profile tires on black rims.  

 

Central Saanich Police Service Detectives and RCMP Forensic Investigation Section are actively investigating this crime.

Central  Saanich Police Service  has set up a dedicated TIP LINE at #778-679-1768 for any information on this crime.   Confidential tips can also be reported through Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at  1.800.222.TIPS (8477)

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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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Residential Break and Enter in Saanichton /?p=413 /?p=413#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2012 18:58:03 +0000 admin /?p=413 Central Saanich Police Service is advising our community of a daytime residential Break and Enter that occurred yesterday afternoon in the 6900blk of Central Saanich Road.     This incident follows a previous  residential Break and Enter reported last week in the 7400blk of East Saanich Road.

At yesterday’s Break and Enter it appears the culprit(s) entered the home via a window and ransacked the house.  Stolen items include  computer equipment, jewelry and liquor.     Police investigators and Forensic Identification Specialists are reviewing the evidence and the investigation is ongoing.  Central Saanich Police Service is asking the public to be on the look out for any suspicious activity and report it to  police immediately.   

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY THAT COULD BE  SIGNS OF A BREAK AND ENTER:

·        Someone knocking at your front door.  When you answer it they make up a story to explain why they are there.     For example “I am looking for Mike” or soliciting some kind of non existent work ( yard work, window cleaning, gutter work etc) or charity.       

·        Someone at your neighbour’s home knocking on the door.    If no one answers the door the culprits will walk around to the side or back of the house to find a window or door to break into.   If you see this call the police right away!

·        A vehicle driving slowly down you street looking at homes.  Sometimes suspects will enter a driveway or park down the street before  breaking into a home.  Record license plates and report to police! 

·        A person(s) walking down a street slowly, looking into yards and homes.   Often they will work in pairs and one of the subjects will stay back and watch out for police as a look out.    

·        Be suspicious and trust your instincts. 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREVENT A BREAK IN? 

·        Have your home look occupied during the day if you are at work or school.  Leave on music, have lights on timers and don’t leave papers on the front door step.

·        Lock all windows and doors before you leave for the day (and at night when you go to sleep).

·        Don’t let trees or bushes get so overgrown that a burglar can  hide in them.   Allow people to be able to have a clear view of your doors and windows from the street.   

·        Keep your garage door shut and locked. 

·        Have good quality locks on all your doors and windows. 

·        If you can afford it – get an alarm system. 

·        Get to know your neighbours and watch out for one another. 

·        Form a Block Watch in your neighbourhood.  

If you have any information about this crime or if you see any suspicious activity please contact Central Saanich Police Service  at 250-652-4441. 

 

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