Brentwood Bay Community Police Office » Safety Connecting with our Community through our Community Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:15:40 +0000 en hourly 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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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.





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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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