1) 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.
1) 2016-3279 On April 21st, a mischief to vehicle was reported to have occurred in the 800 block of Sunray Drive in Qualicum Beach. The complainant advised that sometime overnight culprits tried to gain entry into his vehicle by prying the chrome window casing off the passenger side window of his vehicle. Fortunately no entry was gained into the vehicle.
Dust off the bicycle and don’t forget your helmet!
I'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.
1) 2016-3181 On April 19th, a mischief to vehicle was reported to have occurred at a business in the 300 block of Island Highway East in Parksville. The complainant advised that upon arrival at work he discovered that culprits attempted to break into and possibly steal one of the vehicles in the car lot.
1) 2016-3074 On April 15th, a theft from a business was reported to have occurred in the 2200 block of Alberni Highway in Coombs. The complainant advised that he discovered a theft from his store and upon review of video surveillance observed several unknown suspects stealing property. This matter remains under investigation.
This spring, like most others, door-to-door handyman scams will increase. There are some reputable door-to-door handymen, but you need to be aware of fraudsters trying to take advantage of you. They may offer to fix your roof, clean your gutters or to do other odd jobs. They may tell you they are working in your neighbourhood and could even use a neighbours name to try to gain your trust. They may try to entice you by saying they have left over materials from another job, and therefore, can offer you an amazing deal!
On March 31, 2016, the Oceanside RCMP received a suspicious complaint, possibly extortion. The complainant, a local businessman in our community advised that he received and opened an unknown email and his computer immediately locked up with a virus. A message appeared on the screen saying that some of his documents were locked and if he wanted the documents unlocked he would have to pay for their release. The local police were subsequently contacted and investigation revealed that unfortunately the sender of the email was not traceable and may have been out of the Middle East.
Arrest someone, fight with them, throw them in jail and see them through to penalty in criminal court seems to be business as usual for the police, but write someone a traffic ticket and it's like you've called their mother a bad name. Very few drivers hang their heads, apologize for their mistake and said hand over my ticket, I'll do better next time. Those people do exist and probably receive the benefit of a doubt more often but those that don't wind up asking me for dispute advice in the DriveSmartBC discussion forums.
Drivers who admit to an error are willing to pay the price of the ticket as long as they don't get any penalty points. This is often heard prior to the commencement of traffic court if the issuing officer makes inquiries among the disputants. The trouble is, if you plead not guilty and are found to be, the justice presiding has no control over penalty points. They are assessed by ICBC in response to the conviction.
1) 2016-2669 On April 2nd, a theft from vehicle was reported to have occurred in the 300 block of Meadowview Place in Parksville. The complainant advised that sometime during the early hours her unlocked vehicle was rummaged through and her purse was stolen. The purse was later found abandoned in the 100 block of Weld Street in Parksville.