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Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers partnered with Central Island Traffic, Oceanside RCMP, and the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC) to assist beach-goers from all over the island with safely transporting their children to and from Rathtrevor last weekend.
The crew were able to assist 71 children under 9 - assuring some parents that they were already transporting their children in a safe and legal manner and assisting 59 other to get their children riding more safely. The team also spoke with 5 children 9 and over about seat belt safety.
In the one week period from May 18 to 25, 2017 there were more than 20 thefts from vehicles in the Oceanside area. There is obviously a criminal with an affinity for theft from auto in our community. The thefts were predominately from unlocked vehicles and in fact, it is very rare that windows are smashed to gain entry. Most of these thefts would have been avoided by the owners simply locking their vehicle doors.
1) File 17-4121 May 19, theft from motor vehicles reported from Crocus Corner in the Morningstar Subdivision. The suspect was seen fleeing from the vehicle at 03:00 a.m. Nothing of significance stolen from the vehicle as it appears the suspect was spooked.
1) File 2017-3596 May 4, a resident of the 400 block of Rosewood Close in Parksville was alerted to a suspicious character rooting through his vehicle in the middle of the night. Nothing was apparently missing from the vehicle as the male (no description) was probably spooked by the complainant.
The OCSV performed two deployments in April dedicated to the Cell Watch program exclusively. Of 1092 drivers observed, 5 were talking on the phone and 16 were performing other distracting actions.
Three Speed Watch and Cell Watch deployments were made by the OCSV during the month of April, 2017. Of 3,532 vehicles checked, 283 or 8% were travelling at more than 10 km/h over the posted speed limit with the highest deviation being 81 km/h in a 50 km/h zone. 9 drivers were observed talking on or texting with hand held cellular phones.
1) File 2017-3170. April 21, A Fraud complaint was received from a department store at the Wembley Centre. A woman had stolen an item from a top shelf of the store and then proceeded to return it for a gift card. After surveillance footage was reviewed, the RCMP quickly identified the female (well known to police) and made an arrest.