Victoria, BC – Patrol officers are warning the public after a man received non-life-threatening injuries after being poked by a syringe located inside a hollow fence post.
Patrol officers were called to the 700-block of Yates Street for a report that a man had been injured. When they arrived they met a man who reported that he had been poked by a syringe that was located inside a hollow fence post. Upon examination, Patrol officers discovered that the needle wedged within the hollow post such that it could cause harm to someone who inserted his or her fingers into the hollow space.
The man was offered medical attention and will follow up with medical support to determine the extent of his injuries. At this time they are considered by officers to be non-life-threatening. Images of the hollow post where the syringe was discovered are below.
Used syringes and sharps must be disposed of properly. While it is reasonable to expect to be able to enjoy our city without danger of being injured by a syringe, we have now had reports of used syringes placed in several inappropriate locations over the last year, and in some circumstances causing injuries. Patrol officers are reminding the public to know this risk is now in our community and to not place one’s hands where one’s eyes haven’t been. A visual inspection of a hollow space may save you from injury.
If you have any information about this incident you are asked to call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.