Media Releases

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.

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.


Two separate break-ins resulted in four large screen TV’s being taken, a serious inconvenience during hockey playoffs two hours before the Canucks game.

Sunday afternoon, May 15th, a break-in was reported by a family in the 800 block of Sayward road. In this break-in three different flat screen TV’s were taken, two 50” plasmas and a 40” Sony LCD.

Monday afternoon, May 16th, another break-in was reported a short distance away in the 700 block of Sayward Hill Terrace. A 50” Sharp flat screen was taken and nothing else.

In both of these break-ins, many other items easily taken were left behind, like laptop computers, IPods and other small electronics.

If anybody knows anything about these thefts they are encouraged to contact the Saanich Police. It is also a caution to people who may run into a deeply discounted TV for sale locally.


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.


Yesterday afternoon, multiple 911 calls were received about a truck ‘crashing into everything’ at the Petro Can station at the corner of Shelbourne and McKenzie.

The truck had entered the parking lot, collided with a parked car then a barrier before vaulting a curb and entering Shelbourne Street. It then side swiped a transit bus before hitting a third vehicle doing damage to the front bumper and headlight area.

It was then last seen travelling north bound on Shelbourne Street at a high rate of speed.

The driver of the third vehicle struck was taken to hospital by BCAS for evaluation.

The suspect vehicle is described as a two toned white and dark band down the side, Ford F150 or F250 pick-up truck. The truck had no canopy and was not an extended cab. It will have damage to the front end area and passenger side.

Total damage is valued at over $10000.00.

Police officers are reviewing footage from the station and are speaking to witnesses. If anybody saw this incident or knows who may be responsible, please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 and speak to Cst. Jon Cawsey, the investigator.


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