RCMP on Vancouver Island are sounding the alarm after two separate incidents involving fishing line strung across a busy road.
On Sunday, a woman drove through fishing line strung across Hull Road at Jenkins Avenue in Langford.
Her car broke the line, and the woman reported the issue to police.
While the RCMP were investigating the incident, they received a second complaint about fishing line strung across another road near Glen Lake Road and Alouette Drive.
“Our concern is to make the public aware of it happening, so they can be mindful of it and watch for it,” says Cpl. Kathy Rochlitz with West Shore RCMP. “If you notice anything suspicious, perhaps people putting up this type of line across the road, we’d like to hear from you.”
Rochlitz says it is concerning because fishing line is very difficult to see, and it can be seen as a crime of mischief.
“If you are biking and you are not paying attention and get startled, it can cause you to fall off your bike, depending on the speed you are travelling at and your height,” says Rochlitz. “Even for a person walking, if you bump into something you are not expecting, it can throw you off your balance and cause injury.”
Victoria police dealt with a similar incident involving fishing line strung across a bike route near the city’s downtown last month.
Rochlitz says it is not clear if the incidents are related or are “copy cat” crimes.