Brentwood Bay Community Police Office » Central Saanich Police 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 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 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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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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