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Police send public warning after B.C. man injured by hidden syringe

An incident involving a syringe has prompted words of caution from police in a B.C. community, as it is not an isolated event.

The police are sending a warning to the public after a man in Victoria was poked by a hidden syringe.

<who>Photo Credit: VPD

The Victoria Police Department (VPD) were called to the 700 block of Yates Street after receiving a report of an injured man.

When patrol officers arrived, the VPD says that they discovered a syringe hidden inside a hollow fence post in such a way that it could cause harm to someone who inserted his or her fingers into the hollow space.

<who>Photo Credit: VPD

“Used syringes and sharps must be disposed of properly. While it is reasonable to expect to be able to enjoy our city without danger of being injured by a syringe, we have now had reports of used syringes placed in several inappropriate locations over the last year, and in some circumstances causing injuries,” said the VPD in a statement. “Patrol officers are reminding the public to know this risk is now in our community and to not place one’s hands where one’s eyes haven’t been. A visual inspection of a hollow space may save you from injury.”

The man was offered medical attention and will follow up with medical support to determine the extent of his injuries. At this time they are considered by officers to be non-life-threatening.

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