Get Cyber Safe: Mobile Devices

SmartphoneOur smartphones have become constant companions that can do so much for us. They are complicated devices that can also work against us if we don't understand how to protect ourselves from predators who would like to reach in and either steal personal information or use these devices for criminal purposes remotely. We must learn to protect ourselves effectively as we learn to use these devices.

The Trailer Tug Test

DriveSmartBC LogoBack in 2004 I put tongue in cheek and wrote about the trailer tug test. You hook the trailer up, drive off and look in the rear view mirror, if it’s still following you, carry on! I found myself behind a couple of vehicles pulling trailers yesterday and wondered if their drivers had missed the fact that I was being facetious. Neither trailer had any functioning lights and I can only guess what else might have been overlooked.

Shadow the Brake, They Might Not Stop

DriveSmartBC LogoOne evening while patrolling in an unmarked police car I approached a cross street that was controlled by stop signs. I could see a car approaching from my right going fast enough that I was concerned that the driver did not intend to stop. I shadowed my brake pedal and when the other vehicle was at a 45 degree angle making a right turn I stomped and stopped. So did he.

Crime Watch Report - April 28 to 29, 2016

Detective1) 2016-3492 On April 28th, a theft from vehicle was reported to have occurred in the 300 block of Hirst Avenue in Parksville. The complainant advised that she looked out the apartment window to see the headlights and dome lights on her husband’s vehicle on. The complainant’s husband ran outside to observe two tall males with hoodies on, walking westbound. The males refused to stop when directed.

The Not-So-Professional Driver

DriveSmartBC LogoI'm one of those odd drivers who tries their best to drive at or below the posted speed limit. I include the word below here as sometimes there is a need to slow down to less than the posted speed limit for safety reasons. This often has consequences for me when I have to share the road with other drivers who do not subscribe to my philosophy on road safety. A good example of this is looking in my rear view mirror and finding the Volvo logo on the grille of a heavy transport truck following me closely enough that I could count the bugs stuck to it.

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