News Releases

Thefts From Vehicles Up 30% Overall, 236% In Rockland

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Victoria, BC -  Crime prevention efforts are being redoubled after crime analysts with VicPD’s Analysis and Intelligence Section confirmed that thefts from vehicles are up significantly over last year.

Overall, thefts from vehicles in VicPD’s jurisdiction are up 30% from 2018.

Of particular concern to officers is that thefts from vehicles have risen significantly in certain neighbourhoods.  For example, Rockland has seen a 236% rise in reports of thefts from vehicles.


10 Bikes Reported Stolen In 24 Hours

Thursday, August 22, 2019
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Victoria, BC -  Patrol officers are warning the public and investigating after 10 bikes – and one bicycle trailer – were reported stolen within a 24 hour period.

The bikes were reported stolen from neighbourhoods across Victoria. While there is nothing to indicate that these thefts are linked, officers are reminding bicycle owners to lock their bikes with heavy duty locks, and when possible take them inside. If you keep your bike in your garage, a shed or a storage locker you are asked to please check on it and ensure it is secured.

Public Warning | ATM Skimmer Seized Downtown

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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Victoria, BC -  Patrol officers are warning the public and investigating after an ATM skimmer was discovered at a high-volume ATM in Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

Officers were called by staff at the Tourist Information Centre, located at 812 Wharf Street, after a passerby discovered a suspicious device attached to the card input at the ATM located there. Staff turned the device over to officers who recognized it as an ATM skimmer. Two photos of the device are below.

Over $50,000 In Cash, Fentanyl, Heroin & Other Drugs & Replica Firearms Seized

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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Victoria, BC- VicPD officers have seized drugs, replica firearms and over $50,000 in cash as part of an investigation into drug trafficking in the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood.

Officers from our Community Services Division, Strike Force section, and our Patrol Division “D” Watch worked with officers from the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team to execute a search warrant of a residence in the 600-block of Manchester Avenue on July 8th, 2019. The search warrant was the result of weeks of investigation into reports of drug trafficking.   

Woman Sought After Daytime Robbery

Monday, August 19, 2019
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Victoria BC- VicPD Patrol officers are asking for the public’s help as we attempt to locate a suspect in a daytime robbery.

Officers were called to the 2900-block of Douglas Street at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon for a report of a robbery. A lone woman entered a store, brandished a weapon and fled the area. The woman is described as Caucasian, standing five feet, one inch tall, wearing a black mask, hoodie, white shoes and dark pants. The store employee was not physically injured. A picture of the woman is below.

Early Morning Collision Causes Significant Damage

Monday, August 19, 2019
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Victoria, BC- Officers are continuing their investigation into an early morning collision that caused significant damage.

Just before 1:30 a.m. this morning, VicPD received a call of a vehicle that had just crashed into a house in the 900-block of McCaskill Street. The damage was minor to the residence, but the collision caused significant damage to the yard of the property. The lone driver fled from the scene. Thankfully, nobody was injured inside the residence.