There is definitely a largely unreported scenario developing in the downtown core, one which sees repeat instances of bold and unrestricted entry into many businesses by thieves or those with mental health issues, and which threatens those (often quite young) employees who work in those businesses.
My daughter works downtown in an large, successful restaurant on the Gov't St tourist crawl, and they deal with aggressive entry into their restaurant by troublemakers and the mentally ill, interlopers who fear nothing, and fear no one - this on a daily basis.
There is simply no disputing that the developing and seemingly overarching COV policy position that quite clearly indicates an intent to shift basic law enforcement and security for downtown business from the Victoria Police Department over to the business owner/operator.
It's an almost unbelievable scenario, one which might ask why there isn't a very strong and very public DVBA protest against what can only be seen as a City and its Police Department intentionally abrogating their legislated responsibility to serve and protect.
It’s quite something to see all the breaks-ins, walk-ins, blatant theft and general ******y that takes place in downtown restaurants and bars over on the Victoria hospitality FB group. Never saw anything like that when I worked downtown, which I did for many years. Always worked nights, too!