This week there were four reports of bicycle theft in Oak Bay. Three of the bicycles stolen were on Oak Bay High School property. Two of the bicycles may have been stolen overnight and one was confirmed stolen during school hours. The fourth stolen bicycle was near Oak Bay Recreation Center and taken during daytime business hours.
All owners report their bicycle was locked at the time of the theft. The Oak Bay Police are committed to addressing this issue. We ask that cyclists try to lock their bikes in high visibility areas and please try to avoid leaving bikes in public areas overnight.
Additionally, we encourage all cyclists residing in Oak Bay to register their bicycle with the Oak Bay Police Department Bicycle Registry. “If you see someone cutting a bike lock, please do not assume they are the owner or a maintenance worker. Please call us right away.” Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties
It is very disappointing that so many bicycles are being stolen however registering your bike will increase the chances of your bicycle being returned to you if recovered. Attend the Oak Bay Police Department during business hours to register.
Oak Bay Police attended three motor vehicle crashes over the past several days. Fortunately, injuries were minor in nature however; damage to some of the vehicles involved was significant.
Reminder to those driving in our beautiful community to always expect the unexpected actions of other drivers and take care to observe and obey stop signs and other traffic control devices. If you choose to roll through or ignore a stop sign, you are putting the safety of everyone using the roadway at risk. If you do not stop, you may be subject to a $167 fine and 3 points on your licence.
An Oak Bay family was unharmed but left shaken after using a marked crosswalk near Newton St. on the morning of December 8, 2017. A local resident failed to clear the frost off the windshield of the car and did not see the young family in the crosswalk and narrowly missed hitting them. “This moment of driver complacency could’ve caused unthinkable harm.” Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties