Media Releases

Date: November 16, 2020

File: 20-26221

 

Saanich Police arrested a man this morning who allegedly assaulted a BC Transit bus operator after being asked to get off the bus in the 1600 block of Cedar Hill Cross Road.

On November 16, 2020, just before 8:30 a.m. the man, who was sitting on the bus, began to yell profanities at another individual who had just sat down. When the bus arrived at the next stop, the operator asked the suspect to leave.

The suspect refused to leave the bus, approached the operator, began yelling profanities and tried to initiate a fight. The suspect then reached around the clear safety divider in an attempt to assault the operator. A physical altercation ensued between both parties, after which the suspect finally left the bus.

A 34-year-old man was arrested by Saanich Police officers and is facing one count of assault. The operator was not physically injured.

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades
Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: November 16, 2020

File: 20-25594

 

The Saanich Police are advising the public to be on the lookout for 34-year-old Sean Hart, who unexpectedly left the Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health Facility on November 6, 2020 and did not return.

 

Mr. Hart is described as Caucasian, 6'0” tall, 130 lbs, blue eyes, long, curly brown-reddish hair, last seen dressed in black clothing and wearing a white mask. He requires medical attention. 

 

A Mental Health Act Warrant has been issued for his arrest. If you see him, please do not approach and call 9-1-1. If you have any information that could help locate Mr. Hart, please contact the Saanich Police non-emergency line at 250-475-4321.

Cst. Markus Anastasiades
Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: November 9, 2020

In addition to their core policing and public safety mandates, the Saanich Police Department (SPD) is responsible for the administration of parking complaints and parking enforcement for the Municipality of Saanich.

For the past 28 years, SPD’s parking enforcement has been provided by contracted service providers, one of whom held the position for over 26 years.  In January 2020, our most recent Parking Enforcement Officer retired.  The position has remained vacant since that time due to ongoing staffing challenges.  This ongoing vacancy has created a corresponding service delivery gap for our community, and an opportunity to revisit the parking complaints and enforcement model for the Municipality.

The District of Saanich has identified the improvement of parking enforcement service delivery as one of their 2019-2023 Strategic Plan initiatives.  The District and SPD are working collaboratively on developing a new service delivery framework that may see parking enforcement responsibilities shift to the Districts’ Bylaw Enforcement Section in 2021.  Until that time, parking complaints and enforcement activities will continue to be managed by the SPD with existing police resources.

Parking complaints can be made by contacting the Saanich Police Department on the non-emergency line (250-475-4321) and pressing 1 to “report an incident to the police”.  Callers will be redirected to E-Comm to obtain the details of the complaint and initiate a call for police service.  Please know that all calls for police service are triaged based on their risk to public safety and the assessed need for immediate police response.  In this framework, the SPD’s response to parking complaints may be delayed, and our ability to conduct proactive traffic enforcement with existing resources is also limited.

Thank you for your patience while we work collaboratively to develop a more effective, efficient, and responsive parking enforcement framework for the Municipality of Saanich.

Date: November 13, 2020

File: N/A

 

 

Between October 30 – November 7, 2020 the Saanich Police received 27 reports of vehicles being entered in the north region of Saanich, primarily in the Cordova Bay neighbourhood. Almost all of the vehicles were left unlocked and none were reported to have sustained any damage, such as broken windows or locks.

Items reported stolen included loose change, cameras, wallets, sunglasses, backpacks, and several other items of value. The suspect(s) worked quickly and have yet to be identified.

While we continue to investigate this sudden spike in thefts from vehicles, we would like to take this opportunity to remind owners of the following crime prevention tips:

  • Make it a nightly habit at 9pm to check on your vehicle.
  • Make sure nothing is left in plain sight.
  • Remove all valuable and personal items.
  • Lock and secure you vehicle.

If you can remember to lock your vehicle and remove all items from plain sight, the thief is likely to move on to the next vehicle in the neighbourhood. While an empty duffle bag in the backseat may have little value to you, a thief will almost certainly want to see what’s inside.

 

For more tips on preventing auto crime, please visit https://www.baitcar.com/9pm-routine

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: November 6, 2020

File: 20-23507

 

A search warrant was executed yesterday on a home in the 3400 block of Whittier Avenue, which resulted in the arrest of six individuals and the seizure of drugs and weapons from inside the residence.  The Saanich Police Street Crime Unit began an investigation in October this year on this home which was suspected to be involved in criminal activity. 

 

In the early evening of November 5, 2020, investigators and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Unit executed the warrant on the home without incident. The file remains under investigation and none of the arrested have been charged with any criminal offence at this time.

 

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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