Brentwood Bay Community Police Office » Crime Prevention 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 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       

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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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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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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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