Brentwood Bay Community Police Office » Volunteer Perspective 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 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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Protect Yourself From Credit Card Fraud /?p=555 /?p=555#comments Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:23:39 +0000 admin /?p=555

EB, one of our new  volunteers at the Brentwood Bay Community Office,  has researched the importance of protecting the ” secret” code we all have on our credit cards.  She has noted several important steps in protecting yourself from Credit Card Fraud and sourced her research and provided additional websites to learn more.  If you are near the Community Office on Sundays from 1-4pm you will usually find EB available for more information and tips on preventing crime.  Please drop by sometime and visit with her.    

The Three Digits Criminals Want!

Its technical name is the Card Verification Value 2 (CVV2), or Card Security Code. You will find it on all MasterCard and Visa cards beside the signature panel on the back of the card, or if you possess an American Express credit card, your four-digit number is on the front of the card.

 The following will assist in protecting your three digit number from fraud.

  1. What is the use of this three digit number?
  2. Why does it need to be protected?
  3. How can you avoid being a victim of fraud?

The three digit number is a fraud-prevention measure used by telephone, mail, and online (Internet) merchants to verify that a customer has a legitimate credit card when making a purchase. As such, it is extremely important to protect that number because it is the only thing that stands between you and a fraudster! Indeed all a criminal needs is the three digit number to validate a credit card and make an illegal purchase – at your expense. How can you avoid becoming a victim of fraud?

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre:

  1. If you didn’t make the call, never give out any personal information or data over the phone.
  2. If you’re concerned that you may already have been victimized by fraud, hang up and call your financial institution or credit card company.
  3. Similarly, never give out any personal data in response to an e-mail — that’s how “phishing” works. If you get an urgent and official looking e-mail from your bank or credit card company or some other well-known business requesting “additional” information or account verification information, DO NOT RESPOND!
  4. Always report fraud. Criminal operations only get shut down when authorities have enough information to stop them.

So, the three digits criminals want is the security number on your credit card (four digits for American Express holders, on the front) to make an illegal purchase on with your credit card. Protect your three digit number, and you will avoid becoming a victim of fraud by following the four steps above.

Thus we can learn to recognize fraud, report fraud, and participate in stopping fraud.

By U. (Eb) Volunteer
Brentwood Bay Community Police

Central Saanich Police

Sources:

Additional resources on payment card fraud prevention:

Visit the RCMP’s “Scams and Fraud” webpage:   http/www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/index-eng.htm

Consult the websites of your credit card company, your financial institution or the Canadian Bankers Association

 

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Keeping Kids Safe with Mobile Devices /?p=545 /?p=545#comments Thu, 29 Mar 2012 17:42:06 +0000 admin /?p=545

Farid is one of our Brentwood Community Office volunteers and he knows a few things about today’s tech devices.   The following is some of his research into ways to increase children’s safety while they are using mobile devices.    Farid can usually be found at the Community Police Office on Saturdays from 10-1pm – feel free to stop by and chat.      

Children, Teens and Mobile Use

Today, in our techno society, we are constantly bombarded with advertisements and can be easily influenced by them when it comes to new improved technology, gadgets or software applications (Apps). This has changed the way we communicate with each other. Having said that, technology can also be a double edge sword and it can work against us if we do not pay attention to how we are utilizing the technologies, gadgets and Apps. We could inadvertently be inviting the bad guys in to prey on us and giving them the opportunity to scam us.

So what can we do to ensure we are being smart about the information we are sharing? Here are some safety tips that you may want to follow and especially share these with your children:

  • Make sure the phone has a strong password and activate other security features before your child uses it.
  • Remind your child to think before they text. Messages can be misinterpreted and also forwarded.
  • Their mobile number should only be given out to people they know. Likewise, they should know not to share anyone else’s number without permission.
  • Tell your child to ignore messages from people they don’t recognize.
  • Be firm about the risks of meeting face-to-face with someone they met through text messaging. Ask that they tell you if they’re going to do this, and also where they plan to meet.
  • Make sure your child has someone’s permission before taking pictures or videos of them with their phone and vice versa.
  • Learn how to turn off geotagging on your child’s phone so that photos don’t reveal their location.
  • Make sure you know how to block others from calling your child’s phone. Using caller ID, you can block all incoming calls or block individual names and numbers.

KNOW THE RISKS – PROTECT YOURSELF – PROTECT YOUR DEVICES

THINK LIKE A BAD GUY AND SAFE GUARD VULNERBILITY

Reference http://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/py/pyf-cmo-eng.aspx

 

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Daylight Savings March 11, 2012 /?p=527 /?p=527#comments Fri, 02 Mar 2012 20:42:10 +0000 admin /?p=527 Ronnie, one of our Brentwood Bay Community Police Office Volunteers,  has researched an upcoming topic:  How Daylight Savings Time change can cause driver fatigue .  Ronnie’s research has come from the ICBC website.  For more information on this topic or other Traffic Safety issues please visit their website at   www.icbc.com  or  click here    Thank you for your submission Ronnie.  

Plan ahead for Daylight Savings Time.

It is that time of the year again when we all “Spring ahead” into action  and we lose  an hour of sleep.   It happens in the middle of a spring night once a year and can affect us for several days. It’s the return of Daylight Savings Time (DST), when the clock is moved one hour forward, which happens at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 11 for all British Colombians.

This ritual can cause disruptions in normal sleep patterns for children and adults. However, there are steps we can take to minimize the sleep loss and enjoy the benefits of healthy sleep and productive days. As we get ready to turn our clocks forward  on March 11th, 2012,  ICBC is reminding everyone to take extra care as the time change can affect us all in different ways.

“Studies show that the switch into Daylight Savings Time can have a dramatic effect on disrupting our regular sleep cycle,” said Dr. John Vavrik, a psychologist with ICBC.  “The transition into Daylight Savings Time puts us out of sync with our circadian rhythm and this can pose some unique dangers on our roads. The biggest impacts can be felt on some of the key skills that affect the quality of our driving – poorer concentration, alertness behind the wheel and reaction time to potential hazards. The real danger is that people believe if they don’t feel tired, then they aren’t fatigued,” said Vavrik. “However, while you may feel fine, your circadian rhythm can still be significantly disrupted which can affect your alertness while driving.”

“Fatigue is a serious impairment – its real risk is that we don’t often realize how much it affects us when we drive,” said Dr.Vavrik. “Fatigue can be especially dangerous when combined with other distractions behind the wheel. You really need to limit any potential distractions at this time more than ever.”

 Remember to use caution and leave extra time to get to your destinations – particularly during the Monday commute. Crash statistics illustrate a higher driving risk the first work day after Daylight Saving begins    In British Columbia,  according to the five-year average (2005-2009), on the Monday following the springtime change, there were 850 crash incidents, compared to 690 incidents the Monday before the time change, which represents a 23 per cent increase in crash incidents

Here are ICBC’s top five smart driving tips for Daylight Saving Time:

  1. Get some rest: Try to get to bed earlier – and to help yourself to fall asleep faster –exercise during the day, have a hot bath or shower before going to bed and treat yourself to a book and a warm glass of milk.
  2. Plan ahead : Give yourself extra time to drive to and from work next week.
  3. Slow down:  Keep your distance, especially with more pedestrians and cyclists on the road.
  4. Lights on: Continue to use your headlights at all times to ensure you are visible to pedestrians and other road users. Make sure your headlights are clean (splattered mud can cloud them) and that all bulbs (both high and low beam) are working properly.
  5. Be a role model : Set an example by making smart driving decisions – whether it’s to your children, passengers or other road users. Your smart decisions can have a significant influence on others. Be a good road  example.  Stay fastened on to your car seat belts – stay within the road Speed Limit – Stay alert – stay focus -  stay courteous to other drivers.
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Keeping Our Kids Safe Online /?p=422 /?p=422#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:58:29 +0000 admin /?p=422 Every two weeks, one of our Brentwood Community Police volunteers will be providing a submission to the  Volunteer Blog.    Each story will be written to enhance our community’s knowledge on Crime Prevention  Tips or safety related ideas.       The first submission is from Coreen,  who has provided  some well  researched  guidelines to  help parents and guardians navigate the world wide web with their children.    Thank-you Coreen.  

The web is a wonderful resource for children, however can also pose risks and hazards.  The following tips and strategies will educate parents, teachers and anyone else who would like to better understand the good, the bad and the ugly about the web, and will provide the tools and resources needed to improve your child’s safety on the Internet.

Risks for Children on the Internet

  • Exposure to sexually explicit material.
  • Public nature and permanence of the Internet.
  • Building relationships online.
  • Threats, Bullying and Coercion.
  • Search Engines.

What Should You Talk to Your CHILD About?

  • Let your child know that you will monitor his/her online activities, as the Internet is a public place.  To facilitate this, keep the computer in a common area, not in individual bedrooms.
  • Create Internet guidelines that are discussed regularly as a family.  Become computer literate and learn how to block objectionable material.
  • Show your child how to use safe search engines, especially younger children (e.g. Yahooligans).
  • Reinforce the idea that not everyone is who they say they are online.  People can pretend to be older or younger than they actually are.
  • Explain to your child that it’s illegal to threaten someone, and that he/she should tell a safe adult if threatened online.
  • Explain to your child that he/she may come across sexually inappropriate material while online.  Ensure they understand that they can talk to you about anything on the Internet without fear of losing privileges (particularly if he/she comes across something or someone that makes them feel uncomfortable, or experiences an uncomfortable online exchange).
  • Just as you would explain appropriate behaviour in the offline world, the same should be done for online activities.  Speak to your child about boundaries and make sure your child knows to stop any conversation that is uncomfortable and to tell a safe adult.

What Should You Talk to Your TEEN About?

  • Discuss respect and dignity and how your teen portrays him/herself online.
  • Explain the importance of being careful with pictures your teen posts or sends online, reinforcing that once a picture is sent, control over what happens to it is lost.
  • Talk to your teen about the risks involved with sharing personal information with people online and how it can be misused to embarrass or manipulate them.
  • Warn your teen about individuals they chat with online who start talking about sex, etc. or ask ‘weird’ questions or request inappropriate pictures.  Tell them to trust their instincts and block anyone who makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Tell your teen not to share his/her password with ANYONE, and that their password should be a combination of numbers and letters (both upper and lower-case).  Explain that popup ads and malicious sites appear legitimate, but that email and messenger providers will never ask for your teen’s username and password.

As a Parent, What Can You Do?

  • Balance, and if necessary, limit the amount of time your child spends online.
  • Use filtering software (for more information, visit www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca).
  • Supervise your child’s online activities.  In the case of teens, despite appearing to be able to handle most situations, your teen requires and unconsciously seeks adult guidance.
  • Restrict your child’s use of adult search engines.
  • Explore the games your child plays to determine if they are age appropriate.  Is the game moderated?  Is there a chat component?  Are avatars used?  Does it contain sexual or violent material?
  • Know your child’s login information and email addresses.  What username or character names has your child given him/herself?  It should not provide identifying characteristics about him/her or hobbies (e.g. shygirl, bookworm, etc.).
  • Assist with the creation of online profiles.  When signing up for games, provide a family or parental email account rather than your child’s email address.
  • Don’t allow your child to communicate in unregulated chatrooms.
  • Know who your teen is communicating with online.
  • Monitor webcam use and any posting or exchanging pictures online.

The following websites offer important information on the far reaching and largely unrestricted world of the web.  These sites will educate you as a parent, provide insight into what your children are facing as they explore the online world, and explain where risk may exist in your child’s online experience.  You will then have a greater insight into what protections can be strengthened to increase your child’s personal safety.

www.getcybersafe.gc.ca  This Government of Canada website highlights the need for individuals, families, and the public and private sectors to be aware of the risks and to use the tools and resources available to help them stay safe online.

www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca  This unique one-stop shop for Internet safety information will provide parents, teachers and anyone else interested in keeping kids safe online with the tools and resources they need to do so.

www.bewebaware.ca    This website helps you as parents increase your awareness of how your kids are using the Internet and the issues they may encounter along the way.

www.kidsintheknow.ca  This is an interactive safety education program for children from Kindergarten to High School.  Lessons on child personal safety and sexual exploitation are divided equally throughout the program.  Zoe and Molly Online is a comic book that has been created to teach children about their personal safety while playing online games.

www.cybertip.ca  Canada’s national tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children.  Owned and operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Cybertip.ca’s mandate is to protect children from online sexual exploitation by receiving and analyzing tips from the public; and contributing to public education and prevention through online safety strategies and national awareness campaigns.

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Don’t let the Grinch steal your Christmas! /?p=299 /?p=299#comments Fri, 09 Dec 2011 16:30:18 +0000 admin /?p=299 Coreen,   one of our Brentwood Bay Community Police Volunteers, has provided the following very informative review of holiday shopping crime prevention  tips.   Coreen has also  researched safety tips and recommendations for children’s toys.  We are thankful to Coreen for providing such a timely article:   

Shopping during the holiday season can present unique safety concerns. Taking a few precautionary measures can help keep your holiday season joyous.  This season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft, fraud and other holiday crime.  The following tips can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season.

When shopping:

  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Shop with a friend — there is safety in numbers.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.  Pay for purchases with a check or credit or debit card.  Be aware of people shoulder surfing at the ATM.  Do not let anyone invade your personal comfort zone.
  • Be alert that crooks look for the “high-dollar” shopping bags with your purchases. When possible, slip bags/purchases into a plain, nondescript bag.
  • Watch purchases while eating in mall food courts; bags can easily be switched or taken.
  • Dress comfortable – a weary shopper who pauses often to rest and recover from uncomfortable shoes is left vulnerable.
  • If you return to your vehicle to unload purchases, place them in the trunk of the vehicle.  At this time, move your vehicle to a different parking spot before going back into the mall – if anyone is watching your vehicle, they will assume that you are leaving the mall.

In the parking lot:

  • Shop early and leave early to avoid darkness.  Park in a high-visibility area and check for lighting in case you leave after dark.  Dark, secluded areas provide space and atmosphere for auto crime and theft from auto.
  • Try not to park next to a vehicle with dark tinted windows.
  • Before arriving at the shopping centre, lock all your valuables and personal possessions in the trunk of your vehicle.  Remove detachable CD players so as not to entice a thief.  Do not leave change on the dash, in the console or in the ashtray.  Keep the garage door opener out of sight as it can be used to gain entry to your garage and home.
  • Leave the store with others, not alone; ask security to escort you to your vehicle if you feel uncomfortable.  Watch for people who may be following you.  Keep your guard up until you are locked inside the car and moving.

At home:

  • Keep the outside of your home well-lit with doors locked and window curtains closed.
  • Be careful with displaying gifts beneath the Christmas tree; ensure they cannot be seen from windows or doors.
  • After the holidays, destroy the packaging of large gift items if left for garbage collection, so as not to advertise large ticket items.  Take large cardboard containers directly to the recycling depot and not left for pick  up curbside.   If left curbside this tells thieves that you have a new expensive item in your home ( ie: flat screen tv, imac computer etc)

These few common sense tips will keep you, the savvy shopper, safe and avoid becoming a victim during this wonderful time of year.

Many parents are entering the holiday toy shopping season with great concern. They are not sure which items are safe for their children and which are not, given the number of toy-related injuries/deaths.

Here are some safety steps that consumers and parents can take while shopping this holiday season in order to select safe holiday toys:

  • Manufacturer’s Recommended Age – Every toy has a manufacturer’s recommended age.  This is an extremely important safety feature that parents must pay attention to and trust of toy manufacturers.  Many parents believe this is based on the intelligence of the child – this is not the case.  It is actually based on such things as:
      • choking hazards.
      • the child’s physical development and ability to play with the toy at that age.
      • the child’s ability to understand the function of the toy.
      • if the toy is too physically challenging for the child, there is a chance they will use it in an unsafe manner.

If you have a family with children of various ages, make sure your younger children do not play with the toys of the older children if they don’t meet the recommended age group.  This will require closer supervision if you have children of varying ages.

  • Demonstrate – It is recommended that you, as a parent, demonstrate to your child how to use the toy they have received as a gift.  This will show them the correct and safe way in which to play with it.
  • Scooters, Bikes and Other Riding Toys – If your child is playing with a toy such as a bike, scooter, skateboards, in-line skates or other riding toys which have recommended safety equipment, make sure they wear the equipment to reduce the risk of injury.  Helmets and safety gear must be worn properly at all times, and they should be sized to fit.
  • Balloons – Children can choke or suffocate on deflated or broken balloons.  Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than age 8.  Discard broken balloons at once.
  • Small balls and other toys with small parts – For children younger than age 3, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
  • Magnets – For children under age 6, avoid building or play sets with small magnets.  If magnets or pieces of magnets are swallowed, serious injuries and/or death can occur.

Once the gifts are opened:

  •  Dispose of Packaging – Remove any toys your child receives for the holidays as a gift from its packaging immediately and dispose of it before they become dangerous play things.  Quite often the plastic packaging has sharp edges, and some items come packaged in plastic bags which can be a suffocation hazard.

 

  •  Inspect the Toy – When the toy is opened, immediately inspect the toy closely for any defects.  Be especially careful with hand-me-down toys as they could have broken pieces or be damaged.

 

  •  Small balls and other toys with small parts – For children younger than age 3, avoid small rubber balls and toys with small parts, which can cause choking.

 

  • Charging batteries – Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children.  Charging of batteries should be supervised by adults.  Pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers.  Some chargers lack any mechanism to prevent overcharging.

 

  •  Safety Recalls – If you are concerned about safety recalls, visit the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s website www.cpsc.gov and sign up for their email recall alerts.  This will ensure that, as a parent, you will be kept well-informed of any safety announcements and recalls without having to solely rely on the local news for your information.  eToys.com also recommends only shopping at reputable retailers so you can be assured they will promptly remove any items from their shelves that have been recalled. 

If you follow these recommendations you are likely to improve your comfort level and confidence in purchasing toys for your children and others this holiday season, and know what to look for when your child receives gifts from others.

 

Coreen 

Brentwood Bay Community Police Volunteer

 

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Sharing the Road – Safety in the Winter Season /?p=287 /?p=287#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2011 17:00:31 +0000 admin /?p=287 Farid  is one of our Brentwood Bay Community Police Volunteers.  Farid’s career keeps him very busy during the week yet he finds time every Saturday to volunteer at our Community Office.  Farid brings a diverse wealth of knowledge to our program and has researched the topic of Winter Pedestrian, Cyclist and Driver safety.  A good read for all of us. 

Increased Darkness = Extra Vigilance for Pedestrians / Cyclists / Wildlife

Many people will travel to and possibly from work during the dark.  The clothing worn by many individuals is very dark in color and can provide challenges to drivers in the early morning and late afternoon, while driving.  This is a reminder to be extra vigilant during winter driving, and to drive according to the road and weather conditions

 Please note that:

  •  Individuals that are walking/running to work are recommended to wear clothing that is highly reflective or carry a light to ensure that you are seen by motorists during these times.

 

  •  Cyclists should check their equipment and ensure that all lights are functioning properly.  It is also recommended that reflective clothing is worn to increase their visibility to motorists.

 

  • Individuals are reminded that wildlife inhabits or transits through our area in Central Saanich.  Deer can be a particular concern when driving, as many can be observed on the verges of roadways or on the roads themselves.  Reducing your speed limit on the road reduces the danger posed from deer / vehicle accidents.

 

  • For an overview on emergency driving, environmental hazards, night hazards, what to do when animals are on the road, and collision avoidance please take a moment to review the following ICBC summary:

 

http://www.icbc.com/cs/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobheadername1=Content-Disposition&blobheadervalue1=filename%3D%22driver8.pdf%22&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1233968703195&ssbinary=true

  Watch for Pedestrians as a Driver!

 You always need to watch out for pedestrians. Like all road users, they can be unpredictable. You never know when a child might dash into the street, or someone might step out from behind a parked car. And pedestrians are often hard to see, especially at night.

 Scan at crosswalks and intersections — many pedestrians are unaware of the distance it takes a vehicle to stop. Any time you approach a crosswalk or intersection you should:

 

  • Be aware of vision blocks. Don’t pass if you see a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk — it’s illegal and unsafe;

 

  • Don’t enter a crosswalk without checking to see that it’s safe to do so, even when the light is green;

 

  • Watch out for pedestrians on the cross street/corner whenever you make a turn; and

 

  • Know the rules — you must yield to pedestrians:

 

• in marked crosswalks that are in your lane or closely approaching your lane; or

 

• when entering a road from a driveway or alley.

 

Being a Safe Pedestrian. Your responsibility!

 

Just as drivers need to carefully observe for pedestrians, pedestrians also need to carefully observe for drivers. You can make yourself safer when you are walking by remembering a few simple rules:

 

  • Do not leave the curb unless you are sure the approaching vehicles on the cross street have stopped or will stop;

 

  • Watch for vehicles that are turning;

 

  • Do not start to cross if the traffic signal is flashing a warning (for example, an orange hand);

 

  • Use crosswalks. Don’t jaywalk;

 

  • Always activate the pedestrian crossing signal if there is one;

 

  • During low light conditions, wear clothing that is highly reflective or carry a light to ensure that you are seen by driver;

 

  • Know the rules — you must yield to motorists when crossing a street at a point that is not a crosswalk.

 

• For more information please see the BC Motor Vehicle Act at http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/LOC/freeside/–%20M%20–/Motor%20Vehicle%20Act%20RSBC%201996%20c.%20318/00_Act/96318_05.xml#section179

 

 Farid,  

Volunteer

Brentwood Bay Community Police Office

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A Volunteer with Heart /?p=273 /?p=273#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 22:15:42 +0000 admin /?p=273 Ronnie  is one of our volunteers at the Brentwood Bay Community Police Office.   When asked about his thoughts about volunteering for the Police Service, he provided the following:

Why Volunteer?

After  the successful Grand Opening of the new Brentwood Bay Community Police Office, some of the residents  who came to celebrate with us learned a surprising fact that it is run by three volunteers.   We are a  dedicated team of volunteers who sometimes  don’t have the time but have the hearts  to make a difference.  Through our weekly presence  in the Community Police Office we work at building partnerships  between the Central Saanich Police Service and the community.  Revolving trusts balance police and citizen responsibility making this community a safe rural environment for people, friends and families living in Central Saanich.

The Brentwood Bay Community Police Office is seeking new volunteers to  augment the present group.   Please if you are inspired to volunteer with us drop in at our community office to say hello and chat.   We will do our best to make your visit rewarding.   This is why we rather be here three hours once a week meeting friends like you listening to your concerns. 

Volunteering is a fabulous opportunity to broaden  community base perspectives.  To see things that most of your friends and family can only ever imagine.  You have to have the desire to volunteer but once you make the decision to do it you will join a group of special people, of diverse cultural backgrounds,  experiencing a common ground achieving the benefits and rewards of volunteering.

If you are interested in volunteering, please drop by and visit one of us and pick up an application form.  Currently, we are in the Brentwood Community Police Office  Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10-1pm.  Applications are also available at the main Central Saanich Police Office at 1903 Mount Newton Cross Road from Monday to Friday 8:00 to 4:30pm.        

Ronnie 

Central Saanich Police Service Community Volunteer

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A Special Place /?p=137 /?p=137#comments Wed, 02 Nov 2011 00:28:37 +0000 admin /?p=137

East Saanich Sunrise

Central Saanich is a beautiful place to live and work. 

This really is a beautiful community with such peaceful, almost serene  landscapes and views. 

Many people choose to live in this special place  because of the  rural farmland  mixed with  residential and business communities.    We have great schools and parks and a thriving business community.  Most of my fellow police officers choose to work in Central Saanich because we feel we can really make a positive difference to the safety and well being of this tight knit community.   

Opening  the new Brentwood Bay Community Police Office is one of our ways to connect further with our community. 

We  welcome your input on our latest endevour to connect with our community through the Brentwood Bay Community Police Office. 

 

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