(West Shore RCMP)

West Shore RCMP are investigating reports of a sexual assault that occurred after a man allegedly broke into a house in Colwood.

At around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23rd, police responded to reports of a break and enter and sexual assault at a residence near the intersection of Sooke Rd and Metchosin Rd in Colwood.

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The victim was a woman who reported the incident to police, who then brought in Major Crime Units and K9 police services to assist in the investigation.

“The suspect is unknown to police and when we have more information to share with the public we will be sure to provide an update,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar.

No description of the suspect is available at this time, but officers say the perpetrator is still at large which has left residents in the area on high alert.

“Many young families on this road and around the corner. Young teenage girls. The police did go door to door and told everyone to lock their doors and close their blinds. Ours are still closed and fear that I can’t even walk my dog today,” one local resident tells Victoria Buzz.

In their statement to the public, police advise everyone to make sure their doors are locked and to report suspicious activity immediately.