A trio of “unusual” residential break and enters kept Oak Bay Police busy Feb. 24.
“An actual residential break and enter is quite different for Oak Bay,” said Deputy Chief Kent Thom.
Three residences discovered the daytime entries in the 3000 and 2600 block of Foul Bay Road as well as a home in the 2100 block of Landsdowne Road.
The front door was forced in on the home in the 3000 block of Foul Bay where a laptop was stolen. A second entry was discovered in the 2400 block of Foul Bay where jewelry was taken and a third in the 2100 block of Landsdowne Road where it’s unknown if anything was stolen.
Oak Bay Police offer a couple of helpful programs to battle break and enters in the community, a vacation watch program and a program to help homeowners identify areas where design can be improved for security purposes.
“We have what we call crime prevention through environmental design,” Thom said. “We notice a few homes in the Oak Bay area where shrubs are allowed to grow big and the front of the house is not visible from the street.
“That’s an open invitation to these guys. They’ll come and determine nobody’s home and then they’ll find a window or a door that’s covered from neighbours or street view.”
Oak Bay residents can make an appointment to have a member come around and make suggestions from sensor lights and tree trimming to beefing up locks. They can also register residents for the vacation check program.
“It helps people feel a little bit more comfortable when they’re leaving for a weekend or a week on a business trip or something,” said Thom.
Once residents register, officers will pop by a home they know to be vacant for a certain period of time.
Call Oak Bay Police at 250-592-2424 for more information on these programs.
Fallen man discovered in his home
Officers found a man who suffered a head injury when he had fallen more than a day earlier after being called to check on his welfare Feb. 26.
Officers had to forcefully enter the Lansdowne Slope home after the older resident hadn’t been heard from in a few days. They found the man on the floor with a head injury and suffering from dehydration. He was able to tell police he had fallen and been on the floor for a day-and-a-half.
Drugs seized during roadblock
An impaired driving roadblock on Cadboro Bay Road netted a significant quantity of marijuana and ‘magic’ mushrooms Feb. 25.
Oak Bay Police checked a vehicle to discover a pronounced odour of cannabis coming from inside. The driver was detained and a search of the vehicle revealed the prohibited drugs. The driver was released on a promise to appear in court.
Indecent act on the Avenue
On Feb. 26, police were advised of a male on Oak Bay Avenue committing an indecent act. The male was first observed by the female witness on Oak Bay Avenue at Wilmot Place.
The female witness quickly turned south down Hampshire Road and saw that the male had followed her and was still committing an indecent act. The male stopped near Granite Street and was not seen again.
The man is described as Caucasian, five-foot-11, with a medium build, wearing a black jacket, athletic pants, black shoes and possibly a black toque.
Punching prompts no-contact order
On March 1, police responded to the University of Victoria for a reported assault. One man was taken into custody after police were told he punched another man in the face.
The man was released on a promise to appear in court on the condition he have no contact with the other male.