Media Releases

Yesterday, Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit officers conducting enforcement on Willis Point road, clocked a motorcycle travelling at 137km in a 60km zone.

It seems as the weather changes speeds pick up on Willis Point road and Wallace drive. This past Saturday and Sunday, enforcement was conducted in the area. Five vehicles were impounded for excessive speeding, two of which who were travelling more than 60km over the limit. One of the vehicles impounded was a local cab that was on duty without passengers.

The motorcycle travelling at 137km saw the officers and took off at an even greater speed. The rider was last seen passing several vehicles in a dangerous manner as it sped down Wallace drive. Officers chose not to try and stop the motorcycle for the safety of the rider and the public.

Last year a significant amount of enforcement was done in the same area. A total of 49 tickets were issued for various infractions. Ten of those were excessive speeding charges. Last year, the fastest speed seen was 188km by a motorcycle, more than three times the speed limit.

The changes to the Motor Vehicle Act allowing for vehicle impoundment came into effect this year. For those drivers found speeding excessively their vehicles will be impounded for 7 days.

Continued enforcement is planned for the same area through the spring and summer months.

Saanich Police canine handler Constable Jason Whittaker realized there were no protections under law for his partner ‘Brock’, animals that risk injury and death alongside their partners every day they go to work.

Cst. Whittaker began the process of seeking legislative changes in January 2011. His journey ended yesterday with the successful passing of amendments to current animal cruelty legislation at the end of the spring sitting of the legislature.

The new legislation defines what a service animal working in a law enforcement capacity is. It then provides protections for these animals which did not exist prior, with fines up to $75,000.00 and or two years in jail.

“This is an important piece of legislation for law enforcement and all British Columbians. Up until now, law enforcement animals have often been taken for granted. These animals are out working to protect British Columbians day and night,” said Cst. Jason Whittaker, Canine Unit -Saanich Police Department. “I applaud the government’s stance to make B.C. the province with the toughest animal cruelty penalties in Canada. Enacting this law finally protects the animals that protect us.”

Media availability with Cst. Whittaker and ‘Brock’ is planned at the Saanich Police Headquarters between 12:30 and 2pm today. Please contact Sgt. Dean Jantzen at 250-883-0857 prior to attending. 

Overnight May 19th, there were three small fires deliberately set in the same block on Burnside Rd.

Just after 2am, on Thursday, May 19th, Saanich Fire reported some deliberately set small fires in the 200 block of Burnside rd.

Three fires were set, two inside the interior of separate vehicles and a third to some materials under a deck. All three fires appeared to have burned themselves out and were found smoking by firefighters. Some type of accelerant was used in attempting to set these fires.

One of the vehicles damaged was parked at 12am the same morning. So the fires appear to have been set between midnight and about 2am.

These fires are being investigated by Saanich Police Detectives and the Saanich Fire Department Investigator. If anybody knows anything about these fires or saw something suspicious in the 200 blk of Burnside road west at the time, you are encouraged to contact the Saanich Police.

Residents in the area are encouraged to be mindful of combustible materials on their properties and to lock their vehicles.

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Saanich Fire personnel were contacted shortly before 5:30 this afternoon by a resident who lives on Prospect Lake.  The man reported that there was a small boat adrift on the lake with nobody on board.  Some fishing gear was visible inside the boat.  The man had first noticed the boat adrift and unoccupied about one hour earlier.

Saanich Fire and Saanich Police personnel immediately responded to the scene, arriving at approximately 5:45 p.m.

Shortly after the initial call, a second resident reported that she had also noticed the same boat on the lake.  She went out and confirmed that the boat was unoccupied.  She then towed the boat in and tied it up to her private dock.

Saanich Fire have launched a boat on the lake and a number of Saanich Police investigators are also on the scene.

The recovered boat is described as a sky blue 12 foot Baycrest aluminum with a grey Mariner 9.9 outboard motor and it contains several items of fishing gear.

Later in the evening about 8:30pm, Saanich Police were contacted by the boat owner. It appears that the boat somehow came loose from a private dock and drifted into the lake.

A bear or bears have helped themselves to bee hives in the 200 block of Durrance road on two separate occasions this week.

Overnight Wednesday and Thursday, at the same residence, hives were attacked. Although no bear was seen, there was scat left at the scene of the crime. The BC Conservation Service was notified.

Reduce your chances of attracting a bear to your property by controlling your garbage. Be mindful of your small animals and children in the area.

Check out the Bear Aware pages of the BC Conservation Service.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos/info/bearaware/index.html

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