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

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