Brentwood Bay Community Police Office » 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 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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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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From the Sergeant’s Desk /?p=464 /?p=464#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2012 15:37:30 +0000 admin /?p=464

Few people are aware of the close working relationship we have with the Sidney RCMP. They see us as being two distinct agencies.   Yet, in the minds of those of us in the profession, there are no distinctive borders when it comes to providing security and protection, particularly for people who live on the Saanich Peninsula.  Last week is one of many examples of how our two agencies  continually  work together and pool our resources to get things done.

Our officers were dispatched to an alarm that had been set off in a local business in the Keating Industrial area. When two suspects were seen fleeing from the building by the attending officers, all units from both agencies quickly responded to the scene apprehending the two suspects who had gone to ground near some fencing.  Shortly after that, our Police Service were dispatched to a report of a pick up truck driving erratically tearing up yards in a four wheel drive. With the direction of travel of the suspect vehicle unknown, both agencies began looking for the vehicle. One of the Sidney RCMP officers located it near our North Border. In the end he arrested the driver for impaired driving and I conducted the breath tests at our office. The driver was found to be operating the vehicle while being over twice the legal limit. He was charged with impaired driving and the vehicle was removed from the road as it was in such poor mechanical condition it was a safety hazard. There were three other passengers in the vehicle all of which had been drinking as well.

I am often at words to explain why people continue to make such poor choices in their lives. With 25 years of police service behind me I am often asked that question. I don’t offer up much of an answer because I really don’t have one. In this case three people make a decision to climb into a vehicle that simply by a visual inspection alone, one could see it was in very poor condition.  In addition to this, they had been drinking with the driver throughout the night but that didn’t seem to be a concern to them. Given his level of intoxication, I find it difficult to believe they did not ask themselves “should I really be going with this person in that vehicle”?  It’s all about choices. With the exception of some minor property damage,  no one was hurt but we all know it could have been a lot worse. Much worse.

I took a bit of family time off the next set of days off to spend some time with my sister visiting  from Winnipeg. We were walking down by the Inner Harbour in Victoria when I received a call from one of my team members at 1.30 in the afternoon. He was looking for a breath test technician to do tests on an impaired driver involved in a collision.  One of the Sidney RCMP members helped us out and did the test for us given the time delays were are faced with. The driver was found to be just shy of three times the legal limit. Another one of my team members then picked up a second impaired driver around 4 o’clock later that afternoon.  Remarkably, that driver was also just shy of three times the legal limit. Choices.

Sgt. Rick Maillot

Central Saanich Police Service

“D” Watch

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