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Saanich Police are investigating a series of break and enters into homes in the area and are looking for the public’s help in both preventing them and identifying who is responsible.

Between March and July, we have received almost 20 reports of homeowners returning from a trip to find their house ransacked. In most of these cases, the home has been entered through a rear window or door, and jewelry, cash and liquor has been taken. And as noted above, in each case, the residents of the home have been away. We believe that the person or persons responsible are deliberately targeting these homes knowing that they have the luxury of time once inside.

Our investigations into these cases has involved extensive work from our Patrol, Street Crime and Intelligence units. Multiple avenues of investigation are being pursued but we are still in need of more information and are asking the community to help. If you have information on who is responsible, please call us at 250-475-4321 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Additionally, if you see someone behaving or looking suspicious in your neighbourhood, we want you to call us at the time you see them. Delaying your call could mean the person has moved on and we are then unable to locate them.

As with many crimes, there are things that we can do to help prevent them from happening. To protect your home from burglars while on a trip, here are some basic tips to follow:

     - Ensuring all your doors and windows are closed and locked, regardless of where they are on your house, high or low, big or small;

     - Stop paper and parcel deliveries;

     - Use motion lights and timers, and ensure your home security system is turned on;

     - Tell your trusted neighbours, family, friends and Block Watch Captain that you'll be away;

     - Have someone check on your house regularly; and

     - Don't post your trip on social media until you are home.

There are lots more home security tips on our website at:   https://www.saanichpolice.ca/index.php/crime-prevention/block-watch/home-security

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Just before 1AM on July 15, 2019, Saanich Police responded to an alarm at a business in the 800 block of Cloverdale Avenue.  Two K9 handlers along with PSD Max were on scene to help and found a broken glass door at the front.  While searching the interior of the business for anyone still inside, PSD Max tracked down a man hiding behind a door.

The presence of Max and his bark was enough for the 28 year old Port Alberni man to comply and be arrested without incident by the officers on the scene.  He now faces a charge of break and enter.

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Saanich Police responded to a single vehicle crash in the 5400 block of Fowler Road on July 9th. The call came from a homeowner who said that a car had just crashed into their front sunroom/living room. When police arrived at just after 10pm, they found a grey Nisaan Altima halfway into the house, with a 58 year female driver nearby.

“It is very fortunate that the family living in the house were in other areas of the home when the car hit and that no one, including the driver, was injured” said Sgt. Julie Fast, Public Information Officer for Saanich Police.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested at the scene for failing to provide a breath sample. She was also issued a 90 day driving prohibition and her vehicle was impounded for 24 hours.

With summer CounterAttack in full swing, this is a very good reminder of why police and ICBC continue to target impaired drivers. With so many options for getting home safely, such as calling a friend or taxi or taking transit, there is no excuse for driving impaired.

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Saanich Police are investigating a serious hit and run that happened this morning, July 15th, just before 7AM near the intersection of McKenzie Avenue and Shelbourne Street. A blue Dodge Caravan, heading east on McKenzie Avenue, struck a grey Yamaha scooter and a grey Honda Civic both heading west on McKenzie. After striking these vehicles, the 25 year old driver of the Caravan continued east where he struck a telephone pole by the intersection of Larchwood Drive.

The driver abandoned the van at this point and fled on foot down Larchwood Drive and onto Teakwood Road, where police located him a short time later. The driver was arrested and is being investigated for impaired driving offences.

The 20 year old woman driving the scooter was taken to hospital in critical condition. The driver of the Honda suffered only minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.

Collision Analysts are currently on scene and a portion of the intersection is closed while they investigate.  Expect delays in this area, and if possible, take an alternate route.

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At a top speed of 7km/hr, the John Deere ride-on lawnmower wouldn’t have been a fast ride for the person who stole it from the Gordon Head Baseball shed at Lambrick Park and drove it to the school yard at Torquay Elementary, where they did donuts in the grass and struck two goal posts. The mower was stolen sometime after the work day on July 9th and was found at the school by district staff early in the morning on July 10th. There was some minor damage to the mower but it was able to be driven, under police escort, back to Lambrick Park and its rightful owner.

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Despite the humour behind this release, the person or persons who stole the mower (valued at about $3000) committed both the crimes of theft and mischief. We are committed to solving this crime and are asking if anyone has information on this, to give us a call at 250-475-4321, or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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