Service calls spike for VicPD as summer approaches

Officers received 80 calls Monday night, an average more typical for weekends

Victoria Police say service calls have increased after responding to over 80 calls in a 12-hour period on a Monday night. Photo contributed

Victoria Police had their hands full on Monday night, responding to 80 calls between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m.

On a similar Monday night just one month prior, on April 2, police only responded to 62 calls for service.

“We typically see an increase as summer time approaches,” said Victoria Police Department media spokesperson Const. Matt Rutherford.

He said calls go up as more people spend time outside, especially on weekends after bars close in the downtown core.

However, the calls put out Monday night almost surpassed the 82 calls that police responded to on St. Patrick’s Day, which happened to fall on a Saturday this year.

Calls included everything from fights to robberies and car accidents, as well as several false or abandoned calls.

“It’s stretching our resources thin,” Rutherford said. “That night officers were going call to call to call without any breaks.”

The Victoria Police Department reminds the public to ensure their cellphones are locked, and that kids aren’t playing with phones in order to keep the number of false calls down.

Just Posted

Tent city campers prepare to leave Uplands Park

Vehicle access remains restricted at Cattle Point

A year in tent city: Timeline of Camp Namegans

Since September 2017, Victoria’s homeless camp has set up in more than 20 locations

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Oak Bay police ‘patient’ but ready to make arrests if campers don’t leave

Vehicle access restricted to waterfront segment of Uplands Park

Four-sailing wait at BC Ferries Swartz Bay terminal

Full vessels create long waits on Friday afternoon

Singer k.d. lang receives Alberta’s highest honour

Celebrated singer-songwriter k.d. lang received the Alberta Order of Excellence in Edmonton

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for Oct. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you support amalgamation for communities in the Capital Region?

Residents in Victoria and Saanich will be voting on Oct. 20 on… Continue reading

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Enbridge aims for mid-November to finish B.C. pipeline repair after blast

A natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned near Prince George caused an explosion and fireball

How to get government cheques if Canada Post staff go on strike

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said members could go on rotating strikes as early as Monday

Anti-SOGI school trustee files defamation lawsuit against BCTF president

Barry Neufeld says Glen Hansman’s words caused him “indignity,” “personal harassment,” and “anxiety”

Ocean ‘blob’ returns to B.C.’s North Coast

A 2,000 kilometre patch of warm ocean water could signal a warm winter in Prince Rupert

Most Read