According to Central Saanich Police, camper vans displaced from Victoria’s Dallas Road have popped up in Central Saanich (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Central Saanich Police find more people are sleeping in their cars

Police said influx of people from Victoria to Island View Beach

A growing number of individuals living out of their vehicles have appeared in Central Saanich, according to municipal police.

“With the homeless population being displaced from parking down in Victoria, especially on Dallas Road, we are seeing an influx of people from downtown [Victoria] to Island View [Beach Regional Park] trying to camp down there in their vehicles,” said Sgt. Paul Brailey of Central Saanich Police.

Brailey said police started to notice that pattern about two weeks ago, with anywhere between five and six vehicles trying to park overnight.

“We like to remind people that there is no parking down there between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” he said. “So we are now moving those people on as well. We are not looking to get an influx of people living out of their vehicles in Island View.”

RELATED: Dallas Road is not an RV park: Residents fed up with overnight parking

The park does include designated camping sites, but they are currently not open. “There is no camping at this time of the year, and there is no camping anywhere but the campsites during the evening hours,” said Brailey.

Central Saanich Police have also seen a number of people sleeping in their cars while parked in the Keating Road industrial area. “It’s a struggle for these people, and I realize that they don’t have anywhere to go,” said Brailey. “And for the most part, they are being respectful, but there aren’t a lot of facilities around in this area as far as washrooms and that goes.”

When asked about the demographics of these individuals, Brailey said they cover the entire range.

“It’s from teens to people in their 60s,” he said. “So it is a very, very large array of people, who are obviously experiencing homelessness. Instead of camping on the road, they are camping in their vehicles.”

RELATED: Sidney/North Saanich RCMP to monitor to local homelessness

RELATED: Saanich Peninsula not immune to homelessness


Like us on Facebook and follow @wolfgang_depner

wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com

Homeless

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

New space secured for Sooke homeless

The shelter will be ready for residents on July 20

Wheels in motion for Victoria bike network extension

Oak Bay council seeks inclusion on Richardson bike lane

Saanich in driver’s seat for residential road speed reduction pilot project

District recruits 11 CRD municipalities to join pilot project to look at 40 km/h residential limit

Victoria baseball club opens Royal Athletic Park for public picnics

HarbourCats go ahead with annual sock toss for charity despite no games

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision on Trans Canada

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

Surrey in rare position to redefine policing amid calls for defunding

The wheels were set in motion for the new police service in 2018

UPDATE: Vancouver Island skydiving community mourns loss of one of its own

James Smith, 34, of Victoria, dies in Nanoose Bay incident

Elizabeth May endorses Furstenau in BC Greens race

Former federal party leader backs Cowichan Valley MLA

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 7

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Fraser Valley woman complains of violent RCMP takedown during wellness check

Mounties respond that she was not co-operating during Mental Health Act apprehension

B.C. sees 12 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Three outbreaks exist in health-care settings

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

COVID-19: B.C. promotes video-activated services card

Mobile app allows easier video identity verification

Most Read