Re: Saanich among safest places in Canada (News, Aug. 8)
Bragging about low crime in Saanich is a political fool’s game.
It is obvious from encounters while bicycling, the demands for traffic-calming devices, and the existence of an organization seeking lower speed limits that many voters believe Saanich is not safe enough.
Police try, but don’t have the funds to put feet on the street watching for the deliberately dangerous drivers.
Speed limits are no use without enforcement, many drivers are not slowed by traffic-calming devices.
As well, people should be cautious of statistics. Saanich has adjacent Victoria whose downtown hosts boozers and violent people from Saanich.
And there’s always a question of people not bothering to report crime when they don’t see police as responsive or the reporting process is too bureaucratic.