The mandate of the Traffic Safety Unit is to improve road safety within the Municipality of Saanich. The Section is committed to reducing the number of serious crashes in Saanich through intelligence led enforcement. There are currently 16 members assigned to Traffic Safety Unit, who operate marked and unmarked vehicles and BMW police motorcycles.



Members of the Traffic Safety Unit are responsible for:

Criminal Code driving offences
Enforcement of the Motor Vehicle Act and Municipal Bylaws
Investigation of serious motor vehicle crashes
Investigation of hit and run crashes and driving complaints


Please visit the following ICBC websites for important information about safe driving and other

Campaigns and Promotions:

http://www.icbc.com/road-safety/Pages/Default.aspx

Distracted driving and cell phone use information: http://www.icbc.com/road-safety/safer-drivers/Documents/distractions.pdf

 

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Saanich Police relies heavily on the support of our community, through programs such as Block Watch, Student Volunteers, Ace Team and the Reserves.  In appreciation for their enthusiastic commitment and tireless efforts throughout the year, we say THANK YOU!

Ace Team - you should join! 

Our ACE Team goes to community events and hands out stickers and other give-aways while Ace hands out a generous helping of high-fives and laughs. Can you see yourself assisting Ace or perhaps BEING Ace? We'd love to hear from you, or even better; simply fill out the application form and send it in! Join us representing the Saanich Police and giving back to your community!

 Would you like to volunteer for our Ace Mascot team? You can apply online!  Simply download the application form, save it, fill it in and email it back to us with a picture of your government issued photo id.   We'd love to have you join! 

Get your online application form  to join the Ace team right here: Application Form

Being part of the team; you can choose one of two roles, or do both! You can be IN the Ace suit and interact with the public through gestures and hugs - no talking. Alternatively you can be Ace`s Handler, this involves going to the community events and being Ace`s eyes, ears and mouth communicating with the public and helping Ace stay safe, handing out swag like stickers, cards, pencils, etc. We would love to have you with us. Apply today and we will call you for an interview. Examples of events: Parades, Community Days, School Fairs, Festivals.

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Volunteer Appreciation Night 2019

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GOING OUT ALONE

  • Plan ahead with safety in mind.
  • Try to take a bus, taxi or arrange a ride.
  • When possible, call ahead and let others know your arrival time.
  • Travel on busy, well-lighted streets.
  • Carry a cell phone with you and have it easily accessible.
  • Always know the street name where you are and know the address of your destination.
  • When approaching your home, have the key that unlocks the door ready in your hand.

 

SAFETY WHEN WALKING

  • When out walking, use the buddy system whenever possible. There is safety in numbers.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and what is going on around you. Be alert.
  • Walk confidently with your head up and show a sense of purpose.
  • Walk facing traffic so you are easily seen.
  • Walk in the center of the sidewalk, not too close to the street, and not too close to the building entrances or bushes.
  • If you feel unsafe, go to an open business or a house where the lights are on, and ask someone to call the police.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and footwear to remain sturdy and speed up if it is necessary.
  • Do not take shortcuts through empty lots and dark alleys to try and save time.
  • If you go out walking after dark, carry a flashlight in your hand to illuminate your path and wear bright or light coloured clothing.
  • If confronted by a panhandler be assertive, keep moving and don’t give them any money. Make donations to food banks or charities that you know use this money for what you intend.
  • If a criminal who wants your money, purse or valuables confronts you – cooperate and give them up. Your personal safety is the most important thing.

 

SAFETY IN YOUR HOME   

  • Keep your doors locked and windows secure at all times.  
  • Place a peephole in the door so you can look out and see who is on the other side.
  • Do not open the door to anyone you do not know without some kind of verification of identification. If you are not satisfied with the identification – do not open the door. It is your home and you do not have to allow any access to it.  
  • Never give out personal information to any stranger who comes to your door.
  • You do not have to participate in surveys – that is your choice.
  • At night, surround your house with adequate lighting (sensor lights, floodlights, etc.).
  • Clearly display house address numbers on the front of your residence.  
  • Use exterior motion lighting and interior light timers.  
  • Join Block Watch and get to know your neighbours.
  • If you live in an apartment building, encourage your manager to certify the building Crime-Free Multi-Housing.
  • Apply the 3-foot / 7-foot rule to maintain open sight lines around your residence. Shrubs should be trimmed so they are no higher than 3 feet from the ground and tree boughs overhead should be trimmed so they are no lower than 7 feet from the ground.
  • If you return home and find that it has been broken into, go to a safe place and call 911 immediately.
  • Be a good witness; watch for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood and immediately report anything suspicious to the police.

 

 TELEPHONE SAFETY   

  • Do not provide personal information to someone you do not know.
  • Remember, no matter whom they say they are, you cannot visually identify a telephone caller. They could be anyone!
  • If a caller refuses to identify him or herself to you – HANG UP the telephone.
  • If a caller asks what number they have called, ask them what number they dialed.
  • If you receive a harassing call, hang up immediately.  Never stay on the line and react to the caller.  After you have hung up, lift the receiver and dial *57.  This will automatically trace the call with Telus.  Police can then obtain these traced calls if needed.  Write down the date, time and nature of each call so you have a record for police if needed.
  • If you wish to respond to telemarketing calls or surveys ask for their telephone number and offer to call them back. Never give out a credit card number over the telephone.
  • Consider answering machines as useful tools for screening telephone calls.
  • Be alert for potential scams!

 

SERVICE AND DELIVERY PEOPLE  

  • If possible, have all service and delivery people attend your residence by appointment or prior arrangement.
  • Do not hide keys outside of your house for the delivery person to use while you are not home.
  • Do not leave valuables open to view or to a delivery person who is unattended while in your premises.
  • If you do not like who you see when the delivery or service person arrives – you can send them away.
  • Ask for identification from any delivery or service personnel who attend your residence. Be sure to utilize reputable and reliable businesses for service calls. Take the time to check on references regarding any company that you plan to have work or perform service for you.

 

SAFETY IN YOUR VEHICLE  

  • Ensure your vehicle is in good working order.
  • Park in a well-lit spot, as near as possible to where you are going.
  • Do not leave any valuables inside your vehicle.
  • Always lock your vehicle, even inside your garage.
  • Use an anti-theft device such as a steering wheel lock and an alarm.
  • Don’t pick up hitch hikers or give money to panhandlers hanging around intersections.

 

USING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION  

  • Try to use convenient, well-lighted and frequently used bus stops.
  • Make sure that you aren’t alone at an isolated bus stop for a long period of time. If you must walk home late at night from a bus stop, try to arrange for someone to meet you.
  • Know where you are going, where you have to transfer (if needed) and how to get back home.
  • Know when the last scheduled bus runs on your route.
  • If you are taking a route that you are unfamiliar with at night, plan ahead and consider taking a trial run during the daytime.
  • When boarding the bus, try to choose a seat close to the driver.
  • When riding in a taxi, sit in the back seat.
  • BC Transit offers Community Travel Training to help you learn the system and how to use it.

 

REMEMBER TO USE YOUR COMMON SENSE AND

TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!

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Don't leave apartment security up to the building manager or the police...

TAKE ACTION !


Follow these suggestions to make your building a safer place to live:


Securing Your Apartment

  • When the buzzer rings, always check the identity of the person(s) seeking entrance before releasing the latch on the lobby door. Remember that the front door of your residence is the front door to the apartment block. Never allow anyone into the apartment block that you do not know. Refer them to the manager or caretaker.
  • Keep the door to your suite locked at ALL times, even when you are at home.
  • Notify the manager when your suite will be empty for any extended period.
  • Make arrangements with a neighbour or the manager to receive deliveries if you will be away from your suite. Do not leave notes on the lobby callboard or your door indicating you are away.
  • Do not identify yourself on the callboard as being a female living alone. Use only first initials to identify yourself (e.g., J.S. Smith).
  • When moving into a new apartment, change the lock cylinders. Check with the manager first as permission is usually required.
  • Equip apartment doors with a wide-angle door viewer and a good quality deadbolt lock with at least a one-inch bolt.
  • Secure sliding balcony doors with jimmy bars. Place a length of wood in the bottom track of the doors, making it sure it fits snugly to prevent entry via these doors.
  • Install good quality locks on all windows, especially those opening onto balconies, patios or rooftops.

 

Elevators

  • Do not enter an elevator if you are suspicious of the occupants(s). Wait for the next one.
  • When in an elevator, stand near the control panel. In a difficult situation, push as many buttons as possible, particularly the alarm. Do not touch the emergency stop, as it stops the elevator, perhaps between floors. If a telephone is available, lifting the receiver automatically activates the alarm.

 

Laundry Rooms and Apartment Lockers 

  • Do not do laundry when you are likely to be alone. Try to arrange your laundry times with a trusted neighbour.
  • Do not store valuable property in your locker or storage area.
  • Report suspicious persons loitering in the vicinity of lockers to the manager or police.

 

Parking Areas 

  • Be alert to vehicles or persons following you into the garage or parking lot.
  • Do not expose yourself to unnecessary risk. Leave the parking area if you encounter suspicious circumstances, and notify the manager or the police.
  • Lock your vehicle and remove high value, portable items.

 

Going on Vacation

  • Inform the manager or a trusted neighbour of your departure and return dates. Leave a telephone number where you can be reached in an emergency.
  • Cancel all deliveries, including your mail, or arrange to have a neighbour pick up newspapers and mail on a regular basis.
  • Use clock timers to activate lights and radios and give the impression that someone is home.
  • Store valuables in a safety deposit box.

 

For Your Safety 

  • Concerned and informed neighbours are your best defense against crime.
  • If you find a door or window has been forced or broken while you were absent, do not enter your residence. The criminal may still be inside. Use a neighbour’s telephone to call the police.
  • Let your neighbours know if you have been a victim of a crime. They may have noticed a suspicious person or vehicle and may be able to supply valuable information to the police.

 

For more information on home and personal safety,

contact the Saanich Police Crime Prevention Office at

250-475-4346

The Canadian Anti Fraud Centre has been receiving reports from Canadians who say their computers are being frozen or they have been "locked out" of their computers after receiving pop-up messages warning them their computer has been associated with child pornography.  These warning messages, which claim to be from the RCMP or CSIS, tell the recipient to pay $100 dollars via Ukash so their computer can be "unlocked".

 

These types of messages, commonly known as scareware, are designed to create such shock and anxiety that victims respond by sending money quickly.

 

If you receive one of these messages, please be aware that it is a scam - these messages are not being issued by the RCMP.  Last November, Ukash posted an alert on their website about a similar scam targeting residents in the United Kingdom.  If you've been "locked out" of your cpmuter, it's an indicator that your system may have been infected with malware and you will need to take steps to address the problem.

 

Tips to protect yourself:

  • Never click on a pop-up that claims your computer has a virus
  • Update your anti-virus software often and scan your computer for viruses regularly
  • Don't click on links or attachments in e-mails sent to you by someone you don't know
  • Turn on your browser's pop-up blocking feature
  • Never download anti-virus software from a pop-up or link sent to you in an e-mail

If you have received a scareware message, please contact the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre (1-888-495-8501) to report it.

Inspector Todd Bryant is the officer in charge of this division.

This division was created to ensure that the Saanich Police engage in innovative strategies that will increase our capacity to dedicate the appropriate time, energy and resources necessary to work alongside our citizens and community partners in delivering a variety of pro-active policing initiatives.  The division includes our School Liaison Office, Bike Squad, Crime Prevention Office, Block Watch and volunteer programs including the Reserve Police.

 

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